Saturday, September 19, 2009

What do you feed a Praying Mantis?

Why......a marshmallow of course!!
Would you like a green one? How about a pink one?No pink? I know Daisy...she's crazy! Maybe this nice smelling orange one? Daisy Lu would like it.She would REALLY like it. Now Daisy, you have to share with guests.What do you think? Maybe its a little too big. Morgan will break off a little piece for you. Is that tasty?First try a little lick. Slow down now, you want to savor it! You're on your own kiddo.Going...going... ...gone! You're welcome! A little after dinner Patty Cake......Bakers Man! Would you like to go to a more suitable hangout?There you go. Have a good evening! That was some fun, huh Daisy Lu!!!
Only Morgan would come up with the idea to give a Mantis a marshmallow. She hung out with the mantis for a while and later told me it got a little wild. I told her you would too if you just ate a marshmallow as big as your head!
The following morning our new friend was still out in her new home catching bugs and looking very content.
What fun!

28 comments:

Steve B said...

I got a chuckle out of this.

A New England Life said...

Ha haa! Eve, you and Morgan have some of the best posts! It's like she was feeding an alien or something. And isn't Daisy Lu adorable! I hope she had the big part of the marshmallow ; )

That looks like on intelligent Praying Mantis!!!

Maria said...

that was so cool, what a fun post!!
you have a very special daughter

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Why, I never! Ever! Never have I seen anything like this, Eve. You and Morgan make a good team. Lucky mantis. And sweet little Daisy Lu enjoyed the encounter tremendously, and behaved herself admireably.

Rural Rambler said...

Eve I am speechless but grinning from ear to ear! That mantis is too much and Daisy's attention to Morgan and the marshmallow is sweet but hysterical. Your narration priceless! Pictures awesome!!

Jenny said...

I'm gobsmacked!!! Fantastic and wonderful and amazing and funny post. Marshmallow!!! That little fella will be back for more I'm sure! Are they quite common there Evie? I would LOVE to see one of those. We don't have 'em over here.

Roy said...

That is the most unusual thing I have ever seen Evie.
Great new header {:)

Kerry Hawkins said...

This is so cute. Of all the bugs in the world they are pretty amusing, almost pet like

Karen Gifford said...

What a cute children's story that could make! I love your header too!!!

HANNIBAL said...

Too Cute! Who knew marshmallows would cure a mantis's appetite? Hangin with a Mantis is always so cool!

Denise said...

I enjoyed that Eve. I agree with Karen, I can see that as a children's book. I've been looking for a Preying Mantis in my garden and on my travels, but no luck so far. Thanks for stopping by and identifying the Wild Yarrow. So much fun to learn these things.

Mary said...

LOL! This is great! Morgan and Daisy Lu both seem to be enjoying it a lot....not sure about the mantis :-) I'm amazed that it hate it. Great post!

dog trot farm said...

Only you and Morgan could come up with a post like that! Great pictures, I will never look at a mantis the same way. Maybe I had better purchase some marshmallows! Did you tell me they have teeth and a tongue?

The Early Birder said...

Well Eve, I'm grinning from ear to ear.....never seen anything like it! FAB

~Tonia said...

Just blog hopped to here. Great Praying Mantis pics! My girls love those things!! Found a huge mantis one time about 6-8 inches long on top of our goat barn... It was a little spooky! lol

Shelley said...

This made me smile! Your daughter is one of kind - what a great girl w/ a sense of humor! I'm glad to knwo that praying mantis' like marshmallows - who knew??!!
:-)

Eve said...

I'm so glad you all liked the post. I had a feeling you would ;-)

Tina said...

Now there a theme for English class on, What I did this summer...hang with a mantis and feed it colored marshmallows! What a neat post, Eve! Who knew they would eat those sticky treats!! lol Enjoyed this a lot!

Kelly said...

Hahaha!! What a cool post!!! Who knew.......I'll keep them on hand for our next visit from a Praying Mantis!

Carolynn said...

Such amazingly delicate fascinating creatures those mantis are. I think it's wonderful that your daughter is so in tune with nature, except perhaps for the dietary needs of insects. Nevertheless, it's good that she's tender and caring with them.

I also think it's sweet and funny that Daisy Lu was more interested in the marshmallow than the insect. Cute face.

jalynn01 said...

Ditto!! What a Cool Post.. I would have never even tried to feed a P. Mantis anything let alone colored marshmallows! Loved every picture and all the commentary of this post. Thank you!

Leeloo's mum said...

O Eve, unbelievable!!! I'm in love with these photos!! Praying mantis are so beautiful, I actually wanted one for a pet years ago :P

Daniel Spurgeon said...

Wow! Great sequence of photos! I am going to have to show my kids this post- and I am sure that they will be hunting for Praying Mantises as fast as they can after they see these photos. They are going to want to feed a mantis a marshmallow. "If you give a mantis a marshmallow. . . she's going to ask for a glass of milk." :)

Leedra said...

Very nice post, they do appear to have made friends. Notice it is also on the Angel Trumpet plant.

Wrensong Farm said...

My! What a large praying mantis!! I enjoyed them as a child and miss them as an adult. They have such a personality....but little did I know how much they liked marshmallows! Thanks for the insight!!

vncbme said...

I know this post was from 4 years ago but if anyone is still monitoring...I fed a 1.25 inch praying mantis some leftover french toast which it devoured with gusto! I found it this morning and put it on my potted basil plant thinking it might be be able to catch some of the small flies that like to hang around. It stayed there for hours, perched, ready to to strike anything that came within its reach. So, feeling sorry for it, I gave it some water. Then looked around for some ants or something and came up with nothing. I had leftover french toast. It has protein, fat, carbs... I stuck a small piece on the end of a bamboo skewer and offered the morsel to it . It snagged it with its claws and started munching down. It kept eating until it was "full" then dropped the remaining amount and proceed to clean its claws and head. Cute. So let Morgan know...marshmallows and french toast. New food groups for praying mantises! LOL

vncbme said...

I know this post was from 4 years ago but if anyone is still monitoring...I fed a 1.25 inch praying mantis some leftover french toast which it devoured with gusto! I found it this morning and put it on my potted basil plant thinking it might be be able to catch some of the small flies that like to hang around. It stayed there for hours, perched, ready to to strike anything that came within its reach. So, feeling sorry for it, I gave it some water. Then looked around for some ants or something and came up with nothing. I had leftover french toast. It has protein, fat, carbs... I stuck a small piece on the end of a bamboo skewer and offered the morsel to it . It snagged it with its claws and started munching down. It kept eating until it was "full" then dropped the remaining amount and proceed to clean its claws and head. Cute. So let Morgan know...marshmallows and french toast. New food groups for praying mantises! LOL

Eve said...

That is so funny vncbme!! Better keep all kinds of treats handy for those mantis!!