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Tweetypie
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Re: nature notes

Post by Tweetypie » Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:39 pm

Gosh, that's a bit of excitement MrsB. How unusual. I would have been tempted to take a photo, just to get it identified. Makes a change from the ususal Autumn visitors i.e. daddy long legs :-) Would have loved being a fly on the wall, watching all of you, ducking and diving.
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Re: nature notes

Post by MrsBiscuit » Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:22 pm

You are right, that would have been an excellent idea.....now why didn't I think of that! Tonight's installment was also quite interesting, if less exciting. We watched a praying mantis lay her eggs, on the back of an outdoor chair, making the cocoon as she went. It took maybe 30-40 mins all in, and when she had finished she levered herself upright, walked along the edge of the table, jumped off and flew to the ground, scuttled along, stopped, looked just like an olive leaf on the ground, and then jumped onto an olive tree and got lost in the foliage. A few days ago I found the shed skin of a different mantis, in the same general area, so possibly we have a whatever the collective noun of mantis' is!
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Re: nature notes

Post by Icemaiden » Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:47 pm

A confession of mantises? A prayer book?
Chickens are a girl's best friend (though diamonds would be nice too!)
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Re: nature notes

Post by MrsBiscuit » Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:06 pm

A congregation of praying mantises?

Its been incessantly wet here all autumn. Last week we ventured outside at night for some reason, around the same outdoor furniture which was home to the praying mantis cocoon (which has disappeared). And we found a fire salamander. It was incredibly brightly coloured, obviously a warning. Its the first time I have seen one properly although my OH says we have something similar in the woodshed as well.
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Re: nature notes

Post by bigyetiman » Fri Nov 23, 2018 8:13 pm

Lucky you having a Fire Salamander in the garden, I have only seen pictures of them.
We currently have some very vocal Tawny Owls around the garden, two males and a female, they get very vocal from about 5.30am.
How about a clergy of mantis ?
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