Tuesday, January 27, 2009

dragonfly for kc dyer

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14 comments:

kc dyer said...

Ah....

Thank you.

~kc, snowed in once more

Kathy said...

That's a fabulous shot, Pam. Thanks for posting it.

nightsmusic said...

How cool is that??

If you're interested in doing praying mantis's, I buy them by the box in the spring. I could send you some...

theo

A Novel Woman said...

Ah, thanks. I showed it at my camera club and they seemed to like it.

Theo, I might just take you up on that! I used to see them in the garden when I was a kid, but I haven't seen a live one for probably 30+ years. I knew one could order ladybugs, but not praying mantises (mantis's? manti? mantisesesses?) Where on earth do you get them??

Debby said...

Don't know, but I'd say there are none in my neck of the woods right now.

*begins sucking thumb and crying for spring. Again*

yutha said...

Pam - speaking of praying mantis' - do you remember our brother putting one in the cage for his lizard to eat? And do you remember the opposite happening? Oh, the carnage....

nightsmusic said...

Pam,

http://www.gardeners.com/1500-Adult-Ladybugs/05-239RS,default,pd.html

The eggs which come in a cocoon type thingy the mantis makes, come three to a box, the cocoon is stuck on a twig. You just take them out and set them in your garden and check them now and then and suddenly, you have hundreds of 1/2 inch little baby bright green mantis's all over the place :)

I have never had a problem with them, they're always delivered at the right time for my planting area...and I think they ship to Canada. I order the lady bugs too because the ones you buy from them don't bite. We have scads of the bitey ones. grrrrrr

A Novel Woman said...

Yutha, I thought of our brother's massacre when I saw photos of a chameleon at the camera club last week. As I recall, the praying mantis decapitated the lizard. Not funny, not funny.... Remember when mom found his rubber snake in the washing machine, only it wasn't the rubber one, but a real one that had crawled in there and drowned? Ah, good times.

Theo, thanks for the info. I'm going to check it out. Actually, the bitey ones are not ladybugs at all, but a similar looking type of beetle nicknamed the Asian Ladybug. Those bite.

Debby, if it makes you feel any better, it's snowing like mad here.

nightsmusic said...

Pam, yeah, unfortunately, I'm on a first name basis with the Asian Lady Bug. We built a new home in 2001 and we have a storage room over the garage. Unfortunately, those darned things found their way in before the house was closed up (the room is closed off from the garage) and it's on the west side of the house. Every time the sun warms the room, no matter how cold it really is outside, I'm inundated with the stupid things! Even the dogs run the other way now when one comes flying at them...

Was the Mantis bigger than the lizard?

nightsmusic said...

OH! And it's snowing like mad here too :)

A Novel Woman said...

Oh gosh no, the lizard was way bigger than the mantis which is why he thought it would be okay, since the lizard ate crickets. My brother found the mantis in the backyard, I think.

nightsmusic said...

Well, there ya go! It was a wild mantis, not domesticated!

:P

Sorry, am in one of those moods today.

yutha said...

Oh yeah, the kid freaked out when he saw it in the morning. I think actually that it plucked the lizard's eyes out. Charming. Gotta watch for those wild mantis'!

jeanie said...

Definitely my favourite flying insect!!!