A Gardener’s Best Friend!


My friend here was just passing through, and I thought we’d get a few snapshots taken. Y’know. For posterity.

praying mantis

Praying mantises can be found across the warmer temperate areas of the United States. The Carolina mantis, which stays pretty small is native to the U.S., while a larger Asian species was introduced in the 1970′s as pest control. These introduced organisms soon established themselves in the wild. If you ever see one in your garden, stop and say hello!

This gentle giant can be found on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He’s tucked behind the green wall of shrubs that surrounds some of the agricultural buildings. This is one of the many hidden gems that can be found in a city garden, if one just takes a closer look.