A Praying Mantis Lives In Rockland County NY

Dated: July 17 2013

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As I went to water my Fuchsia plants here in Valley Cottage for the second time today, a surprise jumped out at me. Fuchsia plants require amazing amounts of water during the warm weather, but fare well if taken care of. The beautiful flowers attract hummingbirds, and other creatures, much to our delight. Today, a young Praying Mantis ran up the hanging chain when I poured my evening watering. I have seen very few of these rare, valuable and interesting insects in my adult years, as they are extremely endangered in this area.
The praying mantis is named for its prominent front legs, which are bent and held together at an angle that suggests the position of prayer. By any name, these fascinating insects are formidable predators. Typically green or brown and well camouflaged on the plants among which they live, mantis lie in ambush or patiently stalk their quarry. They use their front legs to snare their prey with reflexes so quick that they are difficult to see with the naked eye. Their legs are further equipped with spikes for snaring prey and pinning it in place.
 Moths, crickets, grasshoppers, flies, and other insects are usually the unfortunate recipients of unwanted mantis attention. However, the insects will also eat others of their own kind. The most famous example of this is the notorious mating behavior of the adult female, who sometimes eats her mate just after—or even during—mating. Yet this behavior seems not to deter males from reproduction. No surprise there!!!
 I feel fortunate every time I see one of these majestic and magnificent insects.
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Paul Bambara

My love of the real estate business began when I first started investing in residential and commercial properties in 1982. I found that my life-long residency of Rockland County, my eight years on the....

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