Hanging Out in Schenley Park

Praying mantis in the meadow at Beacon Street (photo by Steve Tirone)

Last Sunday, October 7, it felt like summer when Steve Tirone and I went looking for Armillaria in Schenley Park.  We didn’t find any honey mushrooms but Steve found an amazing insect along the Beacon-Bartlett meadow trail.

This praying mantis (possibly Tenodera sinensis) was not alone. When we paused to take photographs, we saw another mantis perched nearby and a third one flew away from us.  Gigantic flying bug!

Fall is mating time for praying mantises. The adults will die but their egg masses will survive the winter.  Here’s what the egg sac looks like. Don’t take one home until you’ve read these Praying Mantis Egg Sac instructions. They will hatch in your house!

Praying Mantis egg mass (photo by Marcy Cunkelman)

Last weekend was a busy time for praying mantises, hanging out in Schenley Park.

(photo by Steve Tirone)

4 thoughts on “Hanging Out in Schenley Park

  1. And yet, another modern-day being that looks so much like a dinosaur (as do Pileated woodpeckers and other birds/beings! I love praying mantises, in not only their structure but also the way they look back at you as you’re looking at them! 🙂

    Great photo – thanks for sharing!

    1. Yes I do love watching them too! So amazing to start out so small and then so big!!! Used to have them in my garden!

  2. Definitely leave those praying mantis egg sacks – which look like brown styrofoam – alone! When I was a kid I brought one home and it hatched 200 ant-sized preying mantises all over my mother’s dining room curtains! We tried feeding them bologna, but they all died because it was the wrong time and place for them to hatch. I had no idea it was a preying mantis egg sack, I thought it would hatch a butterfly! I learned a most valuable lesson not to interfere with nature.

  3. Kate,
    Thanks for the post. I truly appreciate and am amazed by this bug. They’re so interesting and fun to watch! I had a batch of babies in my backyard a couple of years ago, I felt something crawling on me and when I looked down, it was a bunch of babies! Amazing. I’ll never forget it.

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