The Mantises of Backyard Butterflies

All critters are welcome in our backyard habitat. We are especially fond of mantises. We have natives and non-natives in our habitat. Yes, they eat butterflies. Yes, they Silently Judge from the moment they come out of the ootheca. No, they are not a problem. We still have dozens to hundreds of butterflies in our habitat. The behaviors and actions of humans are far more destructive than a mantis. 

Do mantises really eat hummingbirds? Yes, they do because we make it easy for them to catch hummingbirds by putting out feeders! Mantises are clever and will perch themselves where the food comes to them. A hummingbird feeder is an ideal place for a mantis. An alternative is to plant lots of flowers hummingbirds like such as salvia, native honeysuckle, beebalm, tithonia, and cardinal flower.

Congratulations! You found one of the many easter eggs on this website!

The Original Sister of the Silent Judgment

Eternal Silent Judgment

Mother Superior of Backyard Butterflies

Returned to the Mother Ship

Sister Anthonia

Matron saint of lost limbs

Sister Phagia of the Perpetual Hunger

Transubstantiator Extraordinary

Sister Constantina

of the Perturbation

Friar Soong Toby Eaton

Sister Phagia has her eyes on him

Sister Christian

Motoring across the fronds

Sister Nova Ocellus of the Ootheca

Fresh out of the egg case

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