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European Mantis
October 9, 2012

European Mantis

This gravid female is moments from attaching her egg case to this late-blooming sunflower. Next spring several hundred hatchlings will emerge. Praying mantis' are excellent natural predators to pests like the Japanese beetle. A welcome insect in my gardens.
Photo by Laurie Dirkx,
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