The Mantis. AAAAH!
The reaction people have to insects humors me and baffles me. My kids included!
Henry and I are excited when a cool bug shows up. The girls? Horrified.
And I don’t know why because we’ve lived in a cabin the woods surrounded by tons of bugs, they’ve grown up with me marveling over insects all the time. Why are they so terrified? It’s definitely not due to lack of exposure or the way they were raised!
Rosie says that when she walks past a big bug she gets a funny feeling in her legs, like when something very scary happens.
Weak in the knees from a bug? Ah!
When I see a fascinating specimen I feel like I’m five years old and it’s Christmas morning.
Last night a giant katydid showed up on the arm of our couch and Rosie almost fainted. It looks like one of the cats played with him and ripped his back wings, so we stuck him in our bug cage with some potted plants since they eat leaves. I’ll probably relocate him to a tree later. The kids are enjoying observing how his wings look exactly like leaves, so cool!
Then as Rosie was running upstairs to get away from the terrifying killer katydid she passed the front door and this utterly glorious Chinese Mantis was stuck to the window peering in at us. She started wailing that this was a bug nightmare.
He was so curious and friendly! And the size of Rosie’s entire face!
(Ignore how dirty my window appears with the flash. Doggy nose prints! I swear I wash the windows every few weeks…they look dirty again in one day.)
When I went outside he hopped up on my palm tree to get a closer look at me, as if I were fascinating too. He examined me all around, flew from branch to branch cocking his head back and forth and checking me out.
He was so animal-like, very much not just a brainless bug.
He was interested in my camera!
Seriously, how adorable is this thing?
He got a whisker from one of my kitties stuck on his arm. Then…he got excited andate it. Whaaat!
I guess it’s a good source of protein…
Finger lickin’ good, dem whiskers are.
This is amazing–his tongue is forked and basically like a pair of pinschers to grab stuff. See how it’s wrapping around his hand as he cleans it? I guess that’s how he grabs prey so it’s can’t wriggle away.
He’s so expressive.
WHY IS HE SO CUTE!
Henry is convinced that this is a real, live alien come to visit our house.
When we went back inside he followed us. He jumped on the storm door.
As I closed the big door he ran up to the top to peer through the little window, watching us walk away.
Praying Mantises are my favorite bugs ever!