Wasp control

Taceas

Arachnolord
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Mantids are so awesome! I love feeding the few wild ones I find in my gardens.

Did you pre-smoosh the wasp to avoid any potential injuries, though? ;)

What is that particular mantid called?
 

padkison

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This is an adult Wide-Arm female. She has no fear, although this particular meal is small.

A thread on mantidforum discussed wasps as prey. Mantids are apparently not greatly affected by the sting of a wasp or bee. However, I can see that taking one in the eye might be an issue.
 

EAD063

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..and those just wander your house looking for harmless house flies and other good stuf don't they? Ps, I want one. :)
 

Tleilaxu

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LOL mine would take carolina locusts and boy would they thrash around as the mantid ate them, the mantids were unphased. I had the Chinese types BTW I had one really cute one that I would take evrywhere with me and it would just sit on my hand or shoulder.... wasps are no issue for them as some times they can take mice and bird. I don't condone feeding of live verts to captive mantids, the risk is too great and the nuts out there seem to glorify it. Which adds a bad rap to us mantid owners. In the wild as we all know is a completely differnt ball game.
 

Louise E. Rothstein

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Some mantids accept prekilled food if you make it move.
If you intend to feed them wasps I would recommend this procedure before either you or your pets get hurt.

Yours very truly,
Louise E. Rothstein.
 
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