What Big Eyes You Have!

@Corbin5 (85397)
United States
September 3, 2017 2:12pm CST
Well, my husband said the creature on the outside of our basement window was a praying mantis. I could not see the two grasping forelegs that mantises have, so I am a bit suspect as to the praying-mantis label given by my husband. I also did not see a pair of antennae which mantises have on their heads being sported on the head of the creature on our basement window. When I moved in close to take a photo of this creature, its two bulbous compound eyes rotated to take a look at me. Whatever this creature happens to be, it is welcome here.
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41 responses
• United States
3 Sep
Oh look at him!! I have not seen one in years Deborah..he seems a nice fellow! Thanks for sharing this great photo of him. We used call them walking sticks.
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@Corbin5 (85397)
• United States
3 Sep
Yes, I remember calling them walking sticks too. Not sure what it is, but nice fellow, or lady perhaps.
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• United States
3 Sep
@Corbin5 Are we pretty sure it is a mantis though?
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@Corbin5 (85397)
• United States
3 Sep
@TiarasOceanView No, I am not sure, but my husband is. I do not put must stock in his identifying insects ability.
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@rebelann (34444)
• El Paso, Texas
3 Sep
Yep, it's a mantis alright. They're great to have around but they do eat anything they can catch which sometimes includes bees and other helpful insects.
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@Corbin5 (85397)
• United States
3 Sep
My husband named it "Eatie Mantis." Jeeezzzzzzzzzzz!!
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@rebelann (34444)
• El Paso, Texas
3 Sep
good name @Corbin5 I think thats pretty much all they do.
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@Corbin5 (85397)
• United States
3 Sep
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@much2say (36354)
• United States
3 Sep
Oh my goodness, what is that? It "kinda" looks like a praying mantis - the head anyway, but the rest looks totally different. He looks pretty darn big!!
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@Corbin5 (85397)
• United States
3 Sep
I searched to find a photo that matched that insect, but no luck yet. It is a big insect, for sure.
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@much2say (36354)
• United States
8 Sep
@Corbin5 I have tried to look too . . . I can't find an exact match!
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@Corbin5 (85397)
• United States
8 Sep
@much2say Same here. It is still a mystery bug.
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@BloggerDi (528)
• United States
3 Sep
I agree that it looks similar to a mantis but missing some of the common features. I don't have a fear of most insects- I find them quite interesting. But I do have a bit of a worm phobia. Not so much fear, but they gross me out! Silly, I know.
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@Corbin5 (85397)
• United States
3 Sep
Yes, worms just are not attractive at all. I do not want harm to come to worms, I just prefer not to see any.
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• United States
3 Sep
@Corbin5 Same, same! :-)
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@mandala100 (25921)
• Hong Kong
3 Sep
@Corbin5 That's a good shot of that interesting looking creatures my friend.
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@Corbin5 (85397)
• United States
3 Sep
It still remains a mystery to me, but perhaps is one of many types of praying mantis.
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@mandala100 (25921)
• Hong Kong
4 Sep
@Corbin5 That's really possible my friend.
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@amadeo (51449)
• United States
3 Sep
that is so funny there.I was getting ready to do a post.We have a may fly as Mike called it. Just took a photo to see how it comes out.Wish me luck.
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@Corbin5 (85397)
• United States
3 Sep
Wishing you the best of luck!! I want to see the may fly!!
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@JohnRoberts (42402)
• Los Angeles, California
3 Sep
He is welcome unless he is actually an alien from outer space lol!
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@Corbin5 (85397)
• United States
3 Sep
It does look like an alien from outer space, not that you mention it!
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@heyheyla (210)
• Aleppo, Syria
3 Sep
that must be a bybrid of a cockroach and a mantis, spooky
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@Corbin5 (85397)
• United States
3 Sep
The research stated it is related to the cockroach!!!
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@Susan2015 (19310)
• United States
3 Sep
I don't know what it is, but it looks really big.
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@Corbin5 (85397)
• United States
3 Sep
It was very friendly and it allowed me to get a close up with my camera.
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@Platespinner (19310)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
3 Sep
Scary looking thing! I bet it's longer than I am tall!
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@Corbin5 (85397)
• United States
3 Sep
Yes, Emmett, it is longer than you are tall for sure. You could fly on the back of that thing.
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@fishtiger58 (30607)
• Momence, Illinois
4 Sep
I do believe it's a praying mantis, although I thought they were completely green
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@fishtiger58 (30607)
• Momence, Illinois
4 Sep
@Corbin5 No brown ones aye?
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@fishtiger58 (30607)
• Momence, Illinois
4 Sep
@Corbin5 Hubby thinks it may be a katydid.
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@Corbin5 (85397)
• United States
4 Sep
@fishtiger58 Oh, thank you. Will take a look online!!!
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@Marty1 (28664)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
3 Sep
That is good he came to such a kind household ! He knew you were going to make him feel welcome!
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@Corbin5 (85397)
• United States
3 Sep
He was very welcome here. I think it is the biggest insect I have ever seen.
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@Marty1 (28664)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
4 Sep
@Corbin5 I thought that it kind of looks sort of like a lizard? He looks pretty large for an insect? I didn't know that an insect could be so big? I am happy for whatever it is that he chose your window! How long did he stay on your window? Is he staying around your house and yard?
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@Corbin5 (85397)
• United States
4 Sep
@Marty1 He was very friendly!!! He stayed for a few hours and then he left. I guess he had a good grip on the screen.
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@poehere (17798)
• French Polynesia
4 Sep
What a cute bug. I love his big eyes. I would allow him to stay if he was visiting my home.
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@Corbin5 (85397)
• United States
4 Sep
Oh yes, we welcomed him here. He was so well-behaved. Still not sure what kind of but it happens to be.
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@poehere (17798)
• French Polynesia
4 Sep
@Corbin5 I just searched for this bug and they do call it a Stick Bug. Maybe that one helps. There are so many different kinds of stick bugs and some are very large.
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@Corbin5 (85397)
• United States
4 Sep
@poehere Oh, thank you my friend. Off to take a look!!
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@velvet53 (15292)
• Palisade, Colorado
4 Sep
Great picture! It looks like a praying mantis. It might be a walking stick but the ones that I have seen over the years doesn't really look like this guy. He is cute no matter what and quite harmless.
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@Corbin5 (85397)
• United States
4 Sep
You know, I think I need to do a search for walking stick. It may just be one of those.
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@velvet53 (15292)
• Palisade, Colorado
4 Sep
@Corbin5 Here is a post on praying mantis with big eyes. Here's one on walking sticks https://www.desertusa.com/insects/walking-stick.html
What is a Praying Mantis? Find out about these large insect predators.
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@Corbin5 (85397)
• United States
4 Sep
@velvet53 Thank you my friend. Off to take a look right now!!
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@RubyHawk (21151)
• Atlanta, Georgia
4 Sep
It looks something like a preying mantis but I don't believe they have bulbous eyes.
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@Corbin5 (85397)
• United States
4 Sep
I have researched images, and so for, have found not a one that looks like the one in the photo.
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@RubyHawk (21151)
• Atlanta, Georgia
5 Sep
@Corbin5 Maybe it's a trick of nature.
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@Corbin5 (85397)
• United States
5 Sep
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• Guangdong, China
4 Sep
Generally seen the praying mantis are in green color and with two grasping forelegs. Yet, nice to see it in another suit!
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• Guangdong, China
4 Sep
@Corbin5 I will try to find its siblings here.
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@Corbin5 (85397)
• United States
5 Sep
@JasperTore (1251)
• Philippines
4 Sep
I don't think it is a mantis. But maybe it just want to see some people cause it is sad. Better take care of it my friend.
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@Corbin5 (85397)
• United States
4 Sep
We made sure the bug was safe as can be and we left him to do whatever he needed to do. I do not think it is a mantis either.
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• Philippines
5 Sep
@Corbin5 Yeah. Just let the bug do what it want to do.
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@Corbin5 (85397)
• United States
5 Sep
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@TRBRocks420 (64696)
• Banks, Oregon
3 Sep
Pretty cool. I found one of those climbing on my door the other day too.
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@Corbin5 (85397)
• United States
3 Sep
Well, I suppose it is a praying mantis. Friendly one it was.
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@TRBRocks420 (64696)
• Banks, Oregon
3 Sep
@Corbin5 Yes, I just let him be, because not harmful to me, only other bugs.
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@Corbin5 (85397)
• United States
3 Sep
@TRBRocks420 Yes, we let it be too. This morning, it was gone.
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@resukill22 (4830)
4 Sep
Mantis is not dangerous I think. And it Is good creatures from God. I saw it many times here. And also the green one. They have there own life too. Like us looking food for themselves
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@Corbin5 (85397)
• United States
4 Sep
Yes, the mantis is a very friendly creature. No harm to humans.
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5 Sep
@Corbin5 yes you right. So I don't know why other people if they saw a mantis they killed it.
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@LadyDuck (126952)
• Switzerland
4 Sep
It does not look like a praying mantis, but I do not know the name. This insect surely has big eyes.
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@Corbin5 (85397)
• United States
4 Sep
The eyes rotate, and that was something to see!
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@LadyDuck (126952)
• Switzerland
4 Sep
@Corbin5 This must be interesting to see.
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