Green.....

..... we live in a world of wonders..... and beasts....

.... whilst checking the blogroll this morning, I happened to notice that Oom Keesie was displaying a nice photograph of a strange creature that had visited him recently.....

.... and while not quite as impressively camouflaged as his, I couldn't help but remember the day that this guy wandered into the garage here last summer....

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... here's another view......

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.... and yes, that is a full-sized bottle of beer in the background..... looking back now, I'm pretty sure that he was after our hummingbirds..... a few years ago, I actually watched a mantis sit in the driveway and crunch its way through a struggling field mouse..... and it was not a pretty sight.....

.... but that's life..... sure, it's not like watching a lion rip the guts out of a gazelle, but still.....

by Eric on December 13, 2008 | Bullshit (12) | TrackBack (0) | Blogging
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And at the top of the post all I could think was: "please - not a spider... please - not a spider... please - not a spider..."

Thanks - a mantis I can handle. :)

Bullshitted by Richmond on December 13, 2008 03:27 PM

If that thing came anywhere near me, there is no question that I would freak the fuck out. Exotic looking, for sure, but icky all the same.

Bullshitted by Erica on December 13, 2008 03:47 PM

... now, now, ladies...... it's just a praying mantis.....

Bullshitted by Eric on December 13, 2008 04:37 PM

Best hand him the beer and back off....

Bullshitted by bitterman on December 13, 2008 08:29 PM

Eeeek! Those things eat MICE?!!!! Ack ack ack!!!

Bullshitted by DogsDontPurr on December 13, 2008 08:59 PM

.... rgr that, Bitterman...... that is exactly what I did......

.... and hey, DDP, yes....... sometimes, if they are big enough, they do.......

Bullshitted by Eric on December 13, 2008 09:44 PM

Thanks Nefie

This one was small but big ones are awesome hunters. They hunt above their weight.

Bullshitted by keeskennis on December 14, 2008 01:53 AM

Mantids are interesting; one thing a lot of people don't know about them is that they won't eat dead insects. They only attack and eat prey that is moving. Put one in a jar with a dozen dead bugs and it will starve.

Bullshitted by BobG on December 14, 2008 02:48 PM

So where were Bob and Fred while the mantis was eating mice?

Bullshitted by Lou on December 14, 2008 07:33 PM

I am officially afraid of Praying Mantiseseses... or Manti? They are not big and you witnessed one eating a mouse? I had no idea they were carnivores. I always thought they were cool those 'stick bugs'. Now? No. They make my skin crawl.

Bullshitted by Bou on December 14, 2008 07:56 PM

The image of a praying mantis eating a mouse? That's enough to give me the Shit-Willies...it's like a scene from Starship Troopers writ small...giant bugs devouring mammals...Lord help us all...

Bullshitted by Elisson on December 14, 2008 09:59 PM

Nothing wrong with the mantids (mantid is the proper plural for mantis); anything that eats other bugs is fine with me.

Bullshitted by BobG on December 15, 2008 02:27 PM