Monday, August 29, 2011

2011 The Peony & the Praying Mantis

The Peony & the Praying Mantis. It sounds like the title of a book. Hmm... Anyway I was working on collecting more data for 2011 in my peony garden today, and I was thrilled to see a praying mantis on one of my long spent peony blooms. The spent bloom and the praying mantis were the exact same color, dark brown, so the mantis blended in with the bloom stem quite nicely. He definitely kept me entertained for bit in what otherwise can be at times a somewhat dull task. I was privileged to witness these praying mantis acrobatics so I just had to share... :-)


  1. If I get a Praying Mantis egg sack, when it hatches, will the new baby Praying Mantis eat the ants that crawl up my peony flower stems to open the buds? But then, will the Praying Mantis crawl up and nudge the buds to open? I wonder if the Praying Mantis will do this task or if they must be trained to do this task. Hmmm. How to train your Praying Mantis?

    1. Hello,

      This is such a weird comment. I'm not sure if I should answer. It sounds kind of like that movie "How to Train Your Dragon"... Praying Mantis?