Wednesday, September 15, 2010
You Talkin' to Me??
I don't know why, but this picture cracks me up every time I look at it. I just had to share it. I mean, c'mon... you can't help but laugh at this little guy!
It's, of course, a praying mantis who jumped out at me the other day when I brushed against a bush. I have such a collection of bugs in my yard that it's crazy, but this is the first time I have seen one of these. It took multiple shots to get just a few that weren't blurred because of the way that they move, and every time I went to take a shot, he would turn his head. I was just praying that he didn't jump on me when he looked at me like that!
They capture their prey with very sharp spines located on their front legs, then paralyze them, before devouring them alive. They like beetles, spiders, crickets, and grasshoppers, which I have plenty of and since they also eat butterflies and little frogs, I hope he's getting his fill of grasshoppers and will leave my butterflies and frogs alone!
at 5:42 PM
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