by Janet Blue on October 18, 2015

Sunday Selfies: Week #62

We have a guest host today. He visited the catio a few days ago, and we kitties were fascinated with this unusual creature. First we want to share a couple of photos of Fiona and Lisbeth with the visitor.


praying mantis


Can you tell what this is? We’d never seen one before, so our humans had to tell us. And before he took his selfie, he and Lisbeth had quite a “game” of smacking paws—both getting in some pretty good smacks. Lisbeth, however, won the battle when she took him in her mouth and shook and shook and shook him. (Sorry, no photos of these two events. Our Dad had gone inside with the camera, and Mom was the only one there to witness these events.)

To Mom and Dad’s surprise, our guest survived, and Dad removed him from the catio. That’s when he snapped his selfie. We’d like to introduce you to this week’s guest host: Mr. Praying Mantis.


Praying Mantis


Bet y’all want to know what kind of unusual visitors we had last week. All Fur One and One Fur all introduced us to Eddy the Echidna. Austin from Catachresis shared a bedraggled bee. PepiSmartDog, who we can always rely on to share an unusual critter with us, posted a selfie of the Bush Stone Curlew, a ground dwelling bird unique to Australia. We can’t wait to see what other unusual critters join the hop this week.

Cat4-001Our weekly blog hop is open to all critters (and their humans should they desire to include themselves). You can enter your link below to join us and also grab the code to include the hop on your blog. If you would like to do this, please link back to The Cat on My Head and/or display our badge. Each week, Kitties Blue tries to visit as many of you as possible. Some weeks we get to all of your blogs and some weeks we don’t. It’s all dependent on the typist’s schedule for the week. Nonetheless, we appreciate everyone who supports and pawticipates in the Sunday Selfies Blog Hop. We consider each of you a good friend!

My Pet Human Book Winners

LadyBird from Doggie (& Kitty) Caperz

Hemingway and Shakespeare from TWOCATSVIEWS

Giveaway for Simon’s Cat Off too the Vet

simonscat1We are giving away one copy of British cartoonist Simon Tofield’s new book. It is 240 pages of laugh-out-loud hilarity, including 49 pages (many in full color) of a trip to the vet that goes terribly wrong. To read my review and leave a comment for the chance to win a copy, click here.

Purrs and paw-pats, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo


{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

Christy Paws October 19, 2015 at 10:32 pm

We had a couple of these on our deck this summer. We didn’t get to play with them since we don’t get to go outside. Still working on that catio idea!
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Susan and the gang from Life with Dogs and Cats October 19, 2015 at 8:33 pm

Praying mantises are incredible creatures. I buy mantis eggs and put them around my garden in late spring. They eat all kinds of garden pests, so they’re wonderful to have around
–Purrs (and wags) from Life with Dogs and Cats
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Austin Towers October 19, 2015 at 11:26 am

Gosh! We don’t have those things here, praying or singing or anything!! Good selfie Mr P Mantis! Sorry we missed the Sunday Selfie this week. The Staff was unavoidably detained under a blanket (mine actually!) xxx
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Marie October 18, 2015 at 9:06 pm

Praying Mantis are quite amazing are not seen all that often. Happy to hear he survived 🙂


Deziz World October 18, 2015 at 8:50 pm

Aaaaw Dat’s a weal shame hims lost da battle. Da Purrayin’ Mantis be da only bug mommy likes and will actually tuch. MOL

Luv ya’

Dezi and Lexi
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Raven October 18, 2015 at 7:34 pm

I’m surprised Mr. Mantis survived his encounter with Lisbeth. We always protect the mantises here because they are good insects and really fun to watch.
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Melissa, Mudpie & Angel Truffles October 18, 2015 at 6:20 pm

That little guy looks like he’s be lots of fun to play with!!! –Mudpie
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LP October 18, 2015 at 5:16 pm

We think the Praying Mantis was praying he wouldn’t get eaten! Heehee 🙂

Love and hugs to all of you and to your Mama too 🙂

the critters in the cottage xo


Little Binky and Granny October 18, 2015 at 4:13 pm

That purraying mantis sure was a lucky fellow. At least he was able to show his impawtant self…ie 😀 I loved to play with them….*whispers: and to eat them. No purrayers helped, not even Granny’s….* Pawkisses for a wonderful week 🙂 <3
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Spitty the Kitty October 18, 2015 at 3:30 pm

Darlings, did Mr. Visitor survive his encounter with you? Or were you feeling too peckish to let him leave? Ha ha ha meow! XOXOXO
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Deb Barnes October 18, 2015 at 2:56 pm

How very cool to have a guest for lunch… errr… oh… you mean you’re not supposed to eat him for lunch? Purrs from Deb and the Zee/Zoey kitties
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Pipo/Minko/MrJackFreckles October 18, 2015 at 1:53 pm

That is a huge Praying Mantis!! We see those here, but they are a lot smaller, maybe yours had better things to feast on.


Canadian Cats October 18, 2015 at 1:44 pm

What a treat for everybody Lisbeth! A Praying Mantis….we’ve never seen one in person. I like yours…..he has big long legs and horns.

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Linda Arthur Tejera October 18, 2015 at 1:35 pm

Aw, I’m glad Dad saved the praying mantis. They’re good for the garden! 🙂
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Sherri-Ellen T-D. October 18, 2015 at 12:07 pm

Mistur Purrayin Mantiss iss luvley to meet you! Yur selfie iss grate!!!
Fiona an Lisbeth mee betss you wundered iff Mistur was frum another planet, mew mew mew…
Grate fotoss’ of thee meet an greet!
Aunty janet can you pleeze do yur ‘linky majick’ as mee has posted mee Sunday Selfie!! An a cute *easy on* foto!!
***paw kissesss*** to all, Siddhartha Henry xxxxxxx
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Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal October 18, 2015 at 12:05 pm

COOL that you got the Praing Mantis to take a selfie before he left your catio !
I´m not sure if he would have survived a visit at my place ?? 😀

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Dory's Backyard October 18, 2015 at 11:43 am

We always love seeing your guest hosts and this week is no exception! How cool that you got to play with a real Praying Mantis!!
Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo
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The Swiss Cats October 18, 2015 at 11:34 am

Nice to meet you, Mr. Mantis ! It’s a good thing you were praying, we’re sure it helped you to survive your playtime with Lisbeth ! Purrs
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Annabelle October 18, 2015 at 10:41 am

Now that was a very interesting visitor and we are so glad you had such a good time playing with P.M. Whappy paws and all. We loved your picture frames what site did you use??
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ATCAD October 18, 2015 at 10:16 am

Do you know a Praying Mantis try to eat our Hummingbirds. We were very upset when we found out why he was hanging out by the Hummingbird feeder. We made Mommy move the feeder right away.
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Ellen Pilch October 18, 2015 at 9:58 am

I bet he was praying to get away from you 🙂 Nice selfies.
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Maxwell Faraday and Allie October 18, 2015 at 9:48 am

Uhm, we think mommy hit the wrong something on her phone and our comment got eaten! We wish Mr Mantis would visit us too!! Since we can’t hop and visit anyone today (it’s our grandpa’s funeral today) we won’t link up. Wishing you a happy Sunday
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Maxwell Faraday and Allie October 18, 2015 at 9:45 am

Mowzers, we kinda wish he’d visit us too!!
Happy Sunday!
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Lola and Lexy October 18, 2015 at 8:56 am

That is a very interesting visitor!
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The Island Cats October 18, 2015 at 8:41 am

We had one of those guys in our yard once. But we never got to play smacky paws with him.
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The Florida Furkids October 18, 2015 at 8:30 am

How nice of Mr Praying Mantis to stop and take a selife before he left.

The Florida Furkids with special smoochies and love to Mau from Allie
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Brian October 18, 2015 at 8:29 am

Such a cool visitor and how nice he came by for a visit and a selfie!
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LadyBird October 18, 2015 at 8:29 am

We love your guest host! We have praying mantis’ around here, too. They are cool!! Mom will get our selfies posted this mornign – I hope – if not, this afternoon (she has to go to work today – bummer)!
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PepiSmartDog October 18, 2015 at 7:31 am

Great to see you posting critter pics too. Hee Hee!
Beautiful photographs.
Thanks for hosting this blog hop. :=o)
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Charles Huss October 18, 2015 at 6:47 am

He must have done a lot of praying to keep from being “prey.”
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Emma October 18, 2015 at 6:41 am

Never seen a praying mantis live before. I bet he is fun to watch, but we wouldn’t be real interested like the kitties are.
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Athena and Marie October 18, 2015 at 5:10 am

Great selfies! Love the close up 🙂

Purrs xx
Athena and Marie
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Sammy October 18, 2015 at 4:40 am

What a great guest today! Mr. Praying Mantis…….We see them often here – and they are always welcome in Mom’s garden as they eat some of the pesky pests! Have a super Sunday!

Love, Sammy
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Flynn October 18, 2015 at 4:03 am

Mr. Praying Mantis was very lucky to survive a good shaking by Lisbeth! It was very kind of him to give you his selfie after all that!
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mariodacat October 18, 2015 at 3:50 am

What an interesting guest host. M thinks she remembers seeing one of those when she lived in Florida a hundred billion years ago. He’s kinda creepy!
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Summer October 18, 2015 at 3:19 am

How awesome that you guys got a visit from one of those guys! We don’t see them very often here, and I have never seen one myself (I think Sparkle saw one once.. My human has occasionally bought pods but once they hatched they all disappeared.
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speedyrabbit October 18, 2015 at 1:49 am

What a great shot,glad he survive the catio,xx Speedy
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Create With Joy October 18, 2015 at 1:03 am

I’m sure my cats would be fascinated by such a visitor – great shots!


Katnip Lounge October 18, 2015 at 12:33 am

Those guys are some tough toys! erm, guests. Too bad you didn’t get beneath the crunchy coating…
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Jack the Ginger Boy October 18, 2015 at 12:19 am

Oh wow he is one lucky mantis isn’t he!!

We are here, Mum has her act together and we are getting busy!
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meowmeowmans October 18, 2015 at 12:10 am

That sure is a fabulous guest selfie, Mr. Praying Mantis! We are glad you survived your little game with our pal Lisbeth. 🙂

Happy Sunday, dear friends!
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Glogirly and Katie October 18, 2015 at 12:09 am

Well Mr. Praying Mantis must have been doing LOTS of extra praying if he made it out alive! ; )

Happy Sunday, friends!
Thank you for hosting the hop!

Katie, Waffles & Glogirly
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