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_MG_8227 Do katydids eat mantids?
21-JUL-2007

_MG_8227 Do katydids eat mantids?

I sure hope not! Went to get the newspaper this morning and checked the rue plant on which I found a mantis yesterday. No mantis this morning. This was in its place. Hope it's a vegetarian. (It was 60 degrees out, so this guy stayed put.) Update: They are now, several hours later, sharing the same rue plant, one on either side of the plant. Note: Why did I plant rue? I'm sure not going to eat it. I guess I liked the blue-gray color: http://www.alchemy-works.com/herb_rue.html

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creativematrix22-Jul-2007 02:33
What a MARVELOUS photo, Isabel. You've caught every detail of this fascinating bug. I hope someday I can do half as good as this.
Denise
Joy Miller22-Jul-2007 02:02
Interesting how the body mimics a leaf.
Ellie Kanary21-Jul-2007 23:31
Nice shot-like the bright yellow eyes. Its wings look like leaves.
Ellie
Judith Barnett21-Jul-2007 17:28
A nice crisp shot and what a find! I hope you still have your mantis.
Jane21-Jul-2007 15:28
Yeah, that doesn't look like a cicada to me either. Interesting bug. I have a bad feeling about your poor mantis!
Robin21-Jul-2007 14:34
Just read up...cicada is different from a katydid, which is a grasshopper. It appears they eat foliage.
Robin21-Jul-2007 14:28
That doesn't look like a cicada to me. Maybe a big grasshopper?