Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Garden Tuesday – Garden Friend

Praying Mantis

I was watering my azalea's when this big guy came lumbering out from the depths of the bush.  Notice the water dripping off his elbows (do bugs have elbows?)!

12 comments:

Joanne said...

Did you scream? I would have screamed.

Joan's Good Life said...

Maybe a squeal? I probably would have squealed a bit... ;-)

srp said...

I wish I knew we had these this year. Our fennel is gone as is our parsley... overrun with black swallowtail caterpillars. The Monarchs are working on the last of my milkweed as well. I think this fellow could help a little with this and other critters as the ladybugs seem to have deserted me, even though the milkweed aphids run rampant.

Kat said...

I hope he is praying for Fall to hurry up and get here. I always considered them as a sort of garden God. I guess it is probably an old wives tale or something. They are supposed to be good luck.

June (JBug) said...

Absolutely fabulous photo! Aren't they amazing (from a distance of course). LOL

Joy said...

That bug has elbows.

Marjie said...

Well, it would appear that this bug has elbows. I would have screamed and run instead of reaching for the camera.

Bonnie said...

I wouldn't scream and run, I'd try to steal him out from under your nose (not really, but I'd like to). I wish he was in my garden eating all my garden pests.

Cindy said...

What a great catch! Elbows for sure. ;)

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

It is rather ugly! I have never seen a praying mantis. You must carry your camera around your neck!!

a good yarn said...

It sure looks like they do.

corinnea said...

Those bugs fascinate and scare me.