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August 29, 2010


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lol! I enjoyed reading about your mantis adventures and seeing little (Big?) Wilhelm for myself. I haven't seen a praying mantis in years! I wonder if they exist in NY. As for the coffee -- I'm not a coffee person, so I'll take Wilhelm. :D

Ann in Scotland

I am so glad we don't have those over here in Scotland. It's one of the few advantages of living in the UK - we don't get the lovely weather but we don't have the awful bugs that go with it!

Peggy Lee

We had one holding on to the underside of the table at the Wegman's cafe the other day, looking up through the holes at us. I dropped a grain of rice on him but he wasn't hungry.


I love all your pictures, but what amazes me is how close you get to these creepy crawlies!! You are a brave woman! LOL Maybe, just maybe, they are a sign from above? Have you been saying your prayers? LOL!!


Great shots! And, I'M SO EXCITED THAT THE ANNIVERSARY BLEND IS HERE! Yes, I am screaming! Besides the Blue Mountain stuff from Jamaica, the Anniversary blend is the BEST! Off to Starbucks...


ick! ick! ok ... I made it to the end of the post .... yummm :)


OOOOH!!!! GREAT pics...LOVE the coffee bag and MUST GET SOME! But really...I did like the pic of the water hanging off of Wilhelm's chin. And those! ;o)

Ine M

Beautifull pictures you have taken.
And be honest....what can they do to you at all?!!
You're always the giant from their view!
And besides: organic gardeners use them as biological pest control.
Very usefull.

Marika Christian

So if he really is a he, doesn't that mean it's only a matter of time before Wilhelm meets a nice girl who'll bite off his head on the honeymoon? Poor Wilhelm ...


Cool pics Paulette!!! The praying mantis won't hurt you, in fact they are very good for your plants and garden~eating harmful insects. Several years ago I sent away for some praying mantis cocoons so I'd have them in my yard. It worked, I love them! (I know you are thinking I'm weird) and you may be right! I am a lover of the weird, Halloweeny, witchy variety.


Awesome pictures! Too funny about watering him!


Nice pictures! You could almost see his antennae moving - I swear.

Jill Butler

Anniversary is so good this year --- I had a french press at work this a.m.yummy! The bug is amazing and creepy!

Thanks for sharing your world!



Awesome pics of the Praying Mantis! I've only ever seen green ones... Very cool markings! One thing... this late in the season and that large, I'm betting that that was a female... Did you know that females eat the males directly after they mate? Gives new meaning to the phrase "maneater", doesn't it? ;)


An awesome creature indeed! Thank God we here in Germany don't have that kind of insect! But perhaps within some years, after the climate has changed, we will...!

joann tx

great shots of the praying mantis. i've only see the green ones too. do they change color? do we want to know how you got such close up shots of it?
esp.with the water beads on him? WOW!

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