I have not seen a praying mantis in avery long time. They are one of my favorite bugs. I think mosquitos could survive a nuclear war! Bats are pollinators too. I worry that soon we will have a major pollination crisis. Bee keepers that loan out their bees to farmers and orchards claimed to have lost 30% more bees last seasson than in 2011. This is causing a bee shortage and they do not have enough bees for this years pollnation needs.Oh yeah, I haven't seen a Praying Mantis either. And those were all over the place before. It was a regular 'bug haven' out here in my portion of the woods, but it's changed. The only thing that hasn't changed? Those darned Mosquitoes. And I see less and less bats every year as well. I know that they are coming down with White Nose Syndrome pretty quickly, but something else is going on too.
The balance of nature is all messed up.
Grrr!!! I must type VERY VERY slowly to post on Topix. It will miss a number of letters and spaces in every sentence.=(