Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Yard Alien

Saw this guy in the yard. The size of a fingertip.
I killed it. Then the police showed up.

As kids, we'd always tell the tale how it was totally illegal to kill praying mantises. I have no idea where that came from.

And he's still alive, of course.


MorbidMariah said...

Once, I sat inside the kitchen, just inside the window, and watched a mantis in the bushes outside capture and eat a moth. It was kind of incredible. I even pressed my face right up to the glass. He didn't care ... just kept munching his delicious moth.

Rot said...

Moths: The powdered donuts of the insect kingdom

The October boy said...

Caught a couple of these guys a few years back and watched them for a day or two. We decided to drop in a spider and see what would happen...I don't think I need to tell you the horror of that visual. Needless to say they were released with a new found respect.

Anonymous said...

I used to hand feed these wonderful guys/girls when I was a kid. I would kill a wasp and stick it right in front of them. It was so much fun.

MorbidMariah said...

Haha! Powdered moths! Totally, Rot.

They way they hold their prey with their pincer/legs is so cool, and their mouths are pretty wild too. Such badass little creatures.