I was in a campground, (Ho'okena Beach Park) when I discovered a large brown colored praying mantis (about six inches long) who had blundered into something sticky. It appeared to have been jelly. One of it's front grasping claws were completely glued closed, and both its front grasping claws looked slightly atrophied as their opposing graspers had been apparently limited for some time. As it had tried to clean itself off, it's mandibles (jaw) had also become stuck, as had it's antennae. I noticed there was something wrong as it was attempting to clean black stuff off it's head unsuccessfully.
I got out my water sprayer, and gradually, by gently spraying it off, dissolved the sticky substance that was causing the problem for the mantis. After it rested for a bit and I could observe it touching each part of it's body in turn...discovering the new state of being freed, I was quite happy with the results. Then I had it crawl onto me and released the mantis in an area outside the campground where it was unlikely to get stepped on, driven over or get into further trouble.
Hope that my intervention happened in time to save it's life and it wasn't too depleted to find food on it's own from then on.
This has happened to me today. Half an hour ago. Every year when summer approaches, there are the curtains in my house a few small insects.
I would make a "pons", instead of killing them, I wanted to transfer them to the street.
I took 5 insects and introduced in a box, for transfer to the street. My surprise came to see that before it happened a minute, there were mating same. LOL !!!!.
Here the photo;
After leaving for a while. I've allowed the insects escape out the window toward the street. I think I made a big operation.