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Dec 9, 2021 6:01 PM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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Mantis & Marigolds

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Dec 9, 2021 6:10 PM CST
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
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Excellent banner Cal!
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Dec 9, 2021 6:18 PM CST
Name: Johannian
The Black Hills, SD (Zone 5a)
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Absolutely superb banner! You focused on the mantis so well, though the bright colors of the marigold in the back can still be seen so well.

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Honor thy father and thy mother, do unto your neighbor as you would have them do unto you. (Mat. 19:19)
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Dec 9, 2021 6:49 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Great banner Cal!
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Dec 9, 2021 7:29 PM CST
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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I agree Slightly scary, too. On the hunt....
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Dec 9, 2021 8:05 PM CST
Zone 5
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This is Technicolor in action. Great banner!
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Dec 9, 2021 10:00 PM CST
Name: Zoë
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
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Love it! Thumbs up
For me, gardening is really just an excuse for playing in the dirt. Admittedly, plants are a satisfying by-product.
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Dec 9, 2021 10:45 PM CST
Name: Zoia Bologovsky
Stoneham MA (Zone 6a)
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Gorgeous! Always love a dramatic bug! Beautiful composition!
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Dec 10, 2021 8:45 AM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Thank you all my friends. Smiling
And thanks to Leon for getting me to grow marigolds. Thumbs up
I didn't know there were so many types & colors.....some bushy, some 4ft tall.

I found the mantis (luckily!) when I was cutting back a tomato plant last month.
Thankfully she wasn't injured. I tried putting her on various plants, and
she staid a few days.

Then found another (usually only find one per year) on a ladder I had left out when
installing new light bulbs at the front door....she appeared very malnourished.....flat tummy.
So we put her in a little terrarium in the kitchen, and have been feeding her meal worms,
and spritzing the inside of glass with water for her.
Now she has a nice full tummy. Smiling

Not sure if we should keep her inside, or put her in the garden. It's late in the year, and
want her to lay her eggs/case. Does anyone have experience with mantises?

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Dec 10, 2021 9:24 AM CST
Central Florida (Zone 9a)
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Cal,your marigolds are so beautiful. I have a pattern for the Walking Stick in my embroidery paraphernalia. I just love stitching them and it's always a real treasure to find them in the garden. Thank you for such a lovely banner.
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Dec 10, 2021 10:08 AM CST
Name: Luka
Croatia (Zone 9a)
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Does anyone have experience with mantises?


There is a thread on this forum about mantis. Smiling
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Dec 10, 2021 11:44 AM CST
Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Another outstanding insect-themed banner, Cal, with auxiliary photo supplements. I admire your ingenuity in fattening up your mantis. They're an uncommon sight for me - maybe one every 5-10 years! That makes this banner especially appealing.
I post high resolution photos (nature, travel, and other subjects) on smugmug
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Dec 10, 2021 12:32 PM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
I found this terse message on the terrarium this morning. Rolling my eyes.
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Thanks everyone!
Happy Holidays!
Hurray!
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Dec 10, 2021 1:09 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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Cal ~ Lovely banner! Great shot of the mantis! Lovey dubby
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Dec 10, 2021 1:51 PM CST
Name: Zoë
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
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Region: New Mexico Salvias Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Cal, what did you feed her?
If she has mated, she will lay an ootheca — a rigid egg case containing her eggs — on a branch or fencepost or something sturdy. Then she will die. Her babies will hatch in the spring. I'm not sure about the timing of the cycle in your warm climate.

Here's our mantis thread
https://garden.org/thread/go/1...

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Dec 10, 2021 3:02 PM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Thanks, Zoe! I'll check out your thread asap. Thumbs up
We feed her meal worms that we breed.
Very easy to keep them on hand almost year-round.
Just a tray with 1" of bran, and some sliced potatoes.
The beatles are flightless, and can't get out.

The local lizards love them, too. Smiling
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Dec 11, 2021 9:50 PM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
@NMoasis

Your PM thread looks amazing! So many great pics. Thumbs up
I'll post a few, too. Smiling
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Dec 11, 2021 10:11 PM CST
Name: Zoë
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
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Region: New Mexico Salvias Enjoys or suffers hot summers
PMs are wonderfully photogenic and are so cooperative about posing for pictures! We look forward to seeing your photos, Cal Thumbs up
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