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Mantis by mouse2cat Mantis by mouse2cat
Today I made a Preying Mantis out of paper. I am really happy with how he came out. I know a lot of people would disagree but I think they are the cutest bugs. I love how they watch you.

I'd like to do a series of paper bugs as a way to let off some steam.
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AGiLE-EaGLE1994 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love mantis! :aww:
EdwinAJMeeuwsen Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
I like your creation but the real thing is a bit scary to handle
JacoDM Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
I had a mantis for about six months. I fed him pretty much anything. I remember an epic battle with the wurm I fed him. Now he's gone for about 3 years but these animals are pretty amazing.
Shizuku-Uzu Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
so cute!!
svenmarie Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
Awesome! I think they're really cute, too. But they don't live around here, so I've never actually seen one 'live'.
mouse2cat Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
Oh man they will watch you when you walk by and they can get really big. I guess they could be considered gross if I didn't think they were so cool. :D
Kimbot1984 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
I totaly agree! I used to have a pet praying mantis called Mushu. I raised him from a teeny baby ; 3 ; He was so cute.... he hated me though XD
mouse2cat Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
That is kind of amazing. I have never heard of anyone keeping a Praying Mantis as a pet before. I'll bet he was a viscous little guy.
I just see them in my garden, my mom has a real eye for seeing cool bugs. I can understand why some people are freaked out by them but they are way too interesting for that. :D
Kimbot1984 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
It was a great time :3 I learnt a lot of responsibility while taking care of Mushu! When he was teeny ( about <--> that big), I had to catch tiny flies for him to eat! It was awesome to see him grow xD Eventually he was eating crickets bought from the pet shop :D He ended up being about <----------------------------------------> big :O

It's a sad story for him though. My friend saw someone selling a bunch of baby mantis on Ebay (which is wrong) and he wanted to rescue them so he bought them. The guy who sent them was a complete idiot. He sent them in a plastic cup with wet glue at the bottom (to hold a wet cotton bud, which assume was their water source). MOST of the baby mantis were stuck to the glue and died ... :( It was so sad. We only managed to rescue three and we were so angry at that man. We each took one to look after, but sadder still Mushu was the only one that survived to adulthood... :'(

It was so shocking and so so upsetting to discover how those mantis were treated! People should have more respect for animals! Needless to say, we immedietly reported that man.

Mushu had a good life - he was my baby :D
mouse2cat Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
Wow that is a interesting story. How did you end up finding baby mantises on Ebay? I'm glad at least one made it though. :D
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