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Note: The Sierra Sun Times originally published this article in 2009.
July 10, 2016 - By Linda Gast - I have always found the Praying Mantis to be a very interesting insect. They resemble a Tyrannosaurs Rex in miniature, while its two huge eyes remind me of a space alien. The front legs look like lethal weapons and for other insects that is exactly what they are. 

Check out the link to see a Mantis catching a hummingbird. 
Praying Mantis Catches a Hummingbird

I have seen a Mantis on my hummingbird feeder, but I thought he was catching ants.

They have their name because when they hold their front legs together they look like they are praying. The Mantis actually has five eyes, two large ones and three small ones in the middle.   

When my children were growing up we ordered a Praying Mantis Sac. It was still cold outside so we put it on a plant in the Family Room. The babies hatched a week later and we had little Praying Mantis's all over the house. It took a great deal of patience and gentle handling to get them outside.

If you have ever picked one up you know that they have a good bite. The information on the Praying Mantis says that the female will eat the male after courting. They are a good friend to have in your garden because their regular diet is insects.  The official information says they do not change colors, but I have seen some that sure look like they have changed colors to match their environment.  Maybe it is just the reflection from the color of the plant.   

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Praying Mantis on a Bean Vine Pod

If you are interested in the red plant the Praying Mantis is posing on, it is Love-Lies-Blooming.  The seed packet said it would grow to three to five feet.  These plants really out did themselves.
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