Wednesday, October 3, 2007

The last face many bugs ever see

14 comments:

LayDdee said...

Good Morning ECD! How are you? :)
Oh and...nice bug.

eastcoastdweller said...

I'm better. Cold is going away, slowly.

The bug thanks You for the compliment.

He showed up on my window where the bug-catching apparently wasn't great, as he departed a few minutes after his photo session.

Chase March said...

My students like to crowd around my computer in the morning. I showed them your picture. I thought it ws funny. They seemed to enjoy it as well.

One girl asked why it is called a praying mantis. "Does it pray a lot?" she asked.

eastcoastdweller said...

It looks like something out of a B-grade horror film, IMHO.

eastcoastdweller said...

Chase, you could tell them that it prays for absolution before shredding the life out of some poor passing bug.

Then again, you're in a public school. Might not dare use religious words.

Then again, you're in Canada, where people might not be so hyper-sensitive to that.

Open Grove Claudia said...

Love these but they won't over winter here.

Ian Lidster said...

I think mantises are very cool. I was once in a shop in the tiny town of Koloa on the island of Kauai when a mantis flew in the door and into the proprietor's hair. She freaked and flailed about. She pulled it from her hair and thrust it outside. At that point the mantis's karma caught up with it, and it was immediately devoured by a feral cat that just happened to be passing by. The mantis must have offended the goddess Pele.

LayDdee said...

He really knows how to work the camera and we love it!

...Kat said...

EXCELLENT!
I will go tell Cindy now that HE is here :-)

ooops :-) but reading Ian's story makes me reconsider... but nah, Cindy can handle it. She is worldly-wise.

Cindy said...

Great shot! This is truly the angle at which the prey would be viewing the mantis. Oh, and here's your B-grade horror film.

eastcoastdweller said...

Thank you all for your comments. For once, I had my camera in the right place at the right time, although the perfectionist in me still feels that the shot is just a little unclear.

Lance said...

it's face looks all mangled?!

eastcoastdweller said...

Lance: I don't think I can blame my lack of photographic skills for that, since everything else came out clear. Perhaps that is how a mantis mouth looks from beneath.

I don't know.

Rebecca said...

Wow! That is a much different look at a praying mantis than the last post...