Originally Posted by BreezyCooking
Back in NY, I once watched one sit outside a hornet nest & catch & eat the hornets like they were fried chicken. Entertaining & beneficial at the same time - lol!!
I don't see many preying mantises around here; I think I've seen maybe 3 or 4 in the 20+ years I've lived here. But when I lived in NY (not real far from the Hudson River), they were abundant all through the summer. So I think it has to do with having a major water source nearby.
I agree that aside from their fearsome appearance, they're quite beneficial.
Anyone remember that movie (from the 70's, I think) where the 100-foot mantises attacked the town? I'm pretty sure it was mostly special effects. They probably only had one 100-foot mantis, and used him in all of the scenes.