How do I catch a wild green praying mantis?

I can't believe you guys let the thread die

How lucky.
You don't choose the mantis. The mantis chooses you.

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  1. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    You gotta get real lucky. God I love mantises. This one time my brother and I found an uninjured mantis on a dangerous road. He tried to coax it onto his hand by tapping it from behind. They perceive this as a threat so it did the mantis pose at him which made him jump back, it was so funny. When I gently scooped him from the front he accepted (that's actually how you should try to pick them up! They will normally accept a gentle scoop) and then I took him inside. My dad made dinner and I got curious do I tried to feed the little fellow some chicken. HE ACCEPTED. That night we shared a meal with the mantis, he stood by my plate politely until he was full like the rest of us. After that I put him in a safe spot outside.

  2. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    Green June bugs are back.
    There's hundreds of them.
    Stupid bugs.
    It's July.

  3. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    ITT: moronus maximus tortures innocent stag beetles to death

    I hope aliens abduct you and you slowly die in pain because "lol what do you mean humans need protein to live? That's stupid I'll just get another one and shove cherries in its mouth again until it makes babies."

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      No 2 stupid ones died but all the other ones live, also kys.

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah homosexual I’m sure you don’t use animal products or live in a house that displaced animals or mow your or eat meat or where clothes or eat sugar or drive a car or ride in one

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      Can't even kill it in a way you can pin it, cus the feet are all fricked up and who knows what else.

      • 8 months ago
        Anonymous

        >pin it
        This isn't 1809 gramps, we invented glue awhile ago.

      • 8 months ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah the female has broken legs for reason. I didn't do that though. The male is intact.

        Green June bugs are back.
        There's hundreds of them.
        Stupid bugs.
        It's July.

        kek

        https://i.imgur.com/g0Yws3N.png

        You gotta get real lucky. God I love mantises. This one time my brother and I found an uninjured mantis on a dangerous road. He tried to coax it onto his hand by tapping it from behind. They perceive this as a threat so it did the mantis pose at him which made him jump back, it was so funny. When I gently scooped him from the front he accepted (that's actually how you should try to pick them up! They will normally accept a gentle scoop) and then I took him inside. My dad made dinner and I got curious do I tried to feed the little fellow some chicken. HE ACCEPTED. That night we shared a meal with the mantis, he stood by my plate politely until he was full like the rest of us. After that I put him in a safe spot outside.

        Daaaaaamn, it's so cool, I want one. Very beautiful specimen.
        Wholesome story. Good memories.

  4. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    Bought a Carolina mantis egg sac and let it incubate in a mesha cage. Came home one day to over 150+ babies that had emerged, they wouldn't eat the ground-beef-on-a-string that was recommended so I let them loose outside in a natural type of way. Almost a year later I found the biggest, fattest mantis I've ever seen that was just chilling on a bush outside my front door. Moral: they're never there when you expect them but always where you'd want them. Pic related

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      That's a chinese mantis.

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      Does releasing hundreds of mantises locally have any negative impact?

      • 8 months ago
        Anonymous

        Most probably got froggered or birded.

  5. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    Found a dung beetle. I'll look how to take care of it.

  6. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    Hunting right now in a hunter field, lot of high grass, I struggle to go forward, the place if very wild, yet, only grasshoppers and butterflies. I start losing hope to be honest. That RNG shit starts boring me.
    The stag beetle isn't actually dead but it barely moves.
    For reasons the last part of its legs are gone. How the frick could it do that, it's a mystery. On all legs but the forward ones. Very curious.

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      Dude if you can't keep a stag beetle alive then you're probably going to kill a mantis also.
      You should focus on your husbandry first.

      • 8 months ago
        Anonymous

        To be honest I never was worried about it. The first mantis I got was super easy to deal with. Just ate the grasshoppers, flies larvas and flies I gave it. It died months later probably because it was its time. (It died the month they're supposed to, september iirc, but not sure)
        Stag beetle look harder to take care of. Anyway I promise, if one start going slow mode like the 1st female, I'll release them.
        So now I have 4 female stag beetles and one weird beetle moving very fast, with slim head and thorax and huge ass. I'll post pics.
        >You should focus on your husbandry first.
        What do you mean.

        • 8 months ago
          Anonymous

          hus·band·ry
          /ˈhəzb(ə)ndrē/
          noun
          1.
          the care, cultivation, and breeding of crops and animals.
          "crop husbandry", "animal husbandry"

          When I find stag beetles bouncing around the porch or garage lights I catch them, turn off the lights and take them to some ornamental.plants in the yard that I know their grubs eat.
          I'd rather have them mate and reproduce in my yard so I can enjoy the company of their offspring for years and years to come instead of having them waste away indoors just so I can watch them for a month

          • 8 months ago
            Anonymous

            >the care, cultivation, and breeding of crops and animals.
            Hmmm.
            >I'd rather have them mate and reproduce in my yard
            Yeah but I don't have one, sadly.

            https://i.imgur.com/UchBScB.jpg

            Bought a Carolina mantis egg sac and let it incubate in a mesha cage. Came home one day to over 150+ babies that had emerged, they wouldn't eat the ground-beef-on-a-string that was recommended so I let them loose outside in a natural type of way. Almost a year later I found the biggest, fattest mantis I've ever seen that was just chilling on a bush outside my front door. Moral: they're never there when you expect them but always where you'd want them. Pic related

            Waaaw, it's so beautiful. I want one like this.
            >Came home one day to over 150+ babies
            The dream.
            >they wouldn't eat the ground-beef-on-a-string that was recommended
            Those little frickers.
            >Moral: they're never there when you expect them but always where you'd want them. Pic related
            Wise. It seems indeed mantis just do whatever they want and people just meet them randomly. I wonder if hunting them is very useful. Taking a stroll is nice but having my hopes disappointed is frustrating.

            https://i.imgur.com/2FPQ08Z.jpg

            That's a chinese mantis.

            You live there?

            Most probably got froggered or birded.

            Yeah that's the common fate. Lot of babies, lot of losses. The insect strategy.

            https://i.imgur.com/UchBScB.jpg

            Bought a Carolina mantis egg sac and let it incubate in a mesha cage. Came home one day to over 150+ babies that had emerged, they wouldn't eat the ground-beef-on-a-string that was recommended so I let them loose outside in a natural type of way. Almost a year later I found the biggest, fattest mantis I've ever seen that was just chilling on a bush outside my front door. Moral: they're never there when you expect them but always where you'd want them. Pic related

            >mantis egg sac
            Fun fact, in french we call them : oothèque. Comes from latin. Oo = eggs. Thèque = box.
            Does it need something particular? It looks very solid no? Able to resist rain and predators, so I thought no care was needed, personally.

  7. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    That b***h isn't dead but will be soon. She doesn't even move, on the back… frick…
    Edit : The time I fulfill the captcha it's dead.

  8. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    >For most of their lives, they live underground in the substrate.
    Whaaaat? Like they live for years underground and go out only during few weeks or months? Wtf.

  9. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    Reading.
    >frickin' Phalacrognathus Muelleri aka Rainow Stag Beetle
    Goddam! Gimme!

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      Ya I deleted that link but apparently you found it.
      Pretty fricking cool.

  10. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    Ok so I found a 3rd female stag beetle and a huge snail Saturday. Fun fact, the more I found them later, the bigger they are. 2nd is bigger than 1st, and 3rd is bigger than both.
    The thing is, 1st is now very weak, the same sign that the male showed. Moves slowly, constantly on the back. I gave it some cherry and all, but it seems I'm doing something wrong.
    It's problematic because it's the one that have been (potentially) bred before the male died.

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      Stop killing stag beetles.

      https://keepingbugs.com/stag-beetle-care-practical-guide/

      https://www.exotic-pets.co.uk/stag-beetle.html#:~:text=Humidity%20needs%20to%20be%20maintained,pairs%20or%20in%20sexed%20groups.

      https://xtraordinarypets.com/giant-stag-beetle-care/

      I expect a 3 page essay on what you did wrong and what you changed when I get back.

      • 8 months ago
        Anonymous

        Hunting right now, wild grass field, grasshoppers everywhere. No frickin' mantis.
        I will read.

  11. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    Friendly bump.
    I know it's not a mantis but found this on a pot this morning.
    No idea what it is.

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      Looks like a potter wasp nest. Since it's closed off I guess it's filled with paralyzed insects and a larva feeding on them.

      • 8 months ago
        Anonymous

        Ya id say that's a match, thanks.
        There's so much insect activity here this season I had no clue where to start.

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      You're welcome. This thread is basically /Entomology General/ or something. /BBG/ Big Bugs General
      Currently hunting in some fields I found with no barrier. A little far from my place but easily reachable at bike. I hear grasshoppers chanting absolutely everywhere around me yet no Mantis. If I was one, I would do a frickin' fest there.

  12. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    From my experience they hang out near apartment door knobs in the summer.

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      I noticed I rarely see any insects in wheat fields. It must be because of the pesticides. My brother told me that he found a lot of insects in his garden when farmers spread them.
      For reasons there are tons of huge orange slugs on the road where I am. One is exploded, rolled on by a car, then 1-3 will come eat it and eventually die the same way. There are a lot in the grass too. Very weird. Will it rain? Do they feel it?
      Also I was wondering, I can picture mantis going in high grass, staying in the sunlight during the day, but where do they go when it starts being cold? They like being hot and come from Africa, right?

  13. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    Still haven't seen any this season OP.

    I'm thinking.of doing a shadowbox with green june bugs. I should be able to collect a bunch this year and have them mounted in different positions to show front, back, side, open wing etc.
    Most people put a bunch of different insects in a single shadow box but I think it would be cool to devote all the space just to my favorite bug.

  14. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    I don't know if they look the same for French species but if nothing else they'll tell you if mantis are in the area.

  15. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    You can also look for egg clusters and raise one from a pinhead.
    I think that would be more rewarding.

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah I was totally thinking about it. If I notice one I'll definitely try.

      https://i.imgur.com/8rGj6Mi.jpg

      I don't know if they look the same for French species but if nothing else they'll tell you if mantis are in the area.

      Yeah yeah, they're the same.

      Ok, so I just came back home, I actually stayed away 2 more days and you remember, the female stag beetle was alone with just some rotten wood in the big glass bottle. I found her on the back but that b***h was still alive. :uwu.png: I was so happy.
      I give it a cherry cut in half, put its head in it (just the mandibles huh), it ate it and now it's super fast. Literally necromancy. If I did that to the male it would been alive right now :/ … Well, I hope I will find another male or she will lays eggs.
      To be honest the male looked dumb as frick. Its behavior and the fact that she survived in the same conditions… she was definitely at least more solid than him.

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