Undertoad Saturday Aug 13 01:56 PM
8/13/2005: Praying mantis kills hummingbird
Elspode Saturday Aug 13 02:00 PM
Wow. Breast of hummingbird? That's probably a pretty rare delicacy, even in the insect world.
wolf Saturday Aug 13 02:02 PM
West Chester is a much tougher town than people realize.
chrisinhouston Saturday Aug 13 02:12 PM
I've been seeing a lot more hummingbirds here in Atlanta where I am staying to look after my parents. The other day I was sitting at my desk and one landed on a branch outside the window to take a break. Seems like you rarely see one sit still for very long. He ket bobbing his head back and forth while he rested as if he couldn't stand to be perfectly still. Then he flew off in search of more flowers.
Saknussem Saturday Aug 13 03:56 PM
Today a hummingbird, tomorrow . . .THE WORLD!!
Happy Monkey Saturday Aug 13 04:17 PM
Perry Winkle Saturday Aug 13 04:26 PM
Damn...that's pretty damn ninja. I never knew mantises had realultimatepower!
wolf Saturday Aug 13 06:17 PM
Why do you think those ancient Kung Fu guys copied their moves?
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Aug 14 12:35 AM
That's incredible. 1- That a Mantis can do that. 2- That it ate it's fill and threw the rest away.
lumberjim Sunday Aug 14 01:54 AM
did you know that if you fold your arms into a mantis like pose, and sway side to side in front of a mantis, it will attempt to attack you? no shit. try it next time you see one. it's fucking awesome. i saw a guy do it at work once. it flew right at him. he was just fucking around imitating it. he spazzed like a little girl.
Cyclefrance Sunday Aug 14 07:30 AM
Sure is a charismatic little fella - the way he pulls the birds...
Trilby Sunday Aug 14 09:06 AM
footfootfoot Sunday Aug 14 05:13 PM
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Aug 14 07:30 PM
Leah Sunday Aug 14 07:32 PM
Yuck I hate those things, I'd have to squish it and save the bird.
Hobbs Monday Aug 15 10:52 AM
Holy crap! My wife and kids were holding one of these things Saturday night! Has anyone every picked one of these things up? These are the one of the most intimidating insects you'll ever run across. It's head and bodies will weave and bob and turn it's head while it tracks your movements around it. Thing looks like it could f*** you up if your not careful.
barefoot serpent Monday Aug 15 12:57 PM
praying mantis = faith-based predator or is that preying mantis?
RobPett Monday Aug 15 02:04 PM
Queen of the Ryche Monday Aug 15 02:06 PM
Happy Monkey Monday Aug 15 02:45 PM
cjjulie Monday Aug 15 08:58 PM
i do believe the Praying Mantis is the Connecticut state bug
Happy Monkey Monday Aug 15 09:56 PM
When I was in kindergarten I brought a praying mantis and a grasshopper to show and tell. When I opened it, I had a praying mantis and some grasshopper wings.
Leah Monday Aug 15 10:00 PM
I bet you cried
wolf Tuesday Aug 16 02:30 AM
Despite what we've been told all our lives, apparently it's not illegal to kill them.
footfootfoot Tuesday Aug 16 06:51 AM
cjjulie Tuesday Aug 16 10:03 PM
Leah Tuesday Aug 16 10:33 PM
Yeah, and he cried
BigV Tuesday Aug 16 10:51 PM
It wasn't show and tell for me, but we used to get a mayonnaise jar and poke some holes in the lid. Then the bug safari would begin! We'd catch all kinds of bugs and put them in the jar together. It was a tiny bug-star cage match. We put in ants and earwigs and june bugs and butterflies and grasshoppers and worms and bees and spiders one on one.
Leah Tuesday Aug 16 10:55 PM
Oh my god, those poor little critters. The spiders must have had a field day eating anything they desired, and silver service also.
Queen of the Ryche Wednesday Aug 17 12:05 PM
Hey BigV, did you also light your Matchbox cars on fire, pretending they crashed? If so you coulda hung out with my big brother.
BigV Wednesday Aug 17 02:05 PM
Fire was a pretty big NO-NO! This lesson was very effectively reinforced with pain on my backside, so, I had to imagine that part. But we crashed the Hot Wheels (Matchbox sucked) *all* the time. We flew them down the stairs, loop the loop, hurtled them across the kitchen floor to wedge tightly under the fridge, where they could only be freed with the butterknife-of-life. The pets never took much notice of them though. The cats would screech (sometimes) and leap out of the way and the dog was smart enough to recognize that the sound of the cars in the big round tire shaped carrier meant that it was time to go outside and lie in the grass. Booorrrring.
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Aug 17 02:27 PM
capnhowdy Wednesday Aug 17 07:19 PM
Some have said that the mantis will spit in your eye and blind you. I saw a guy try to prove that wrong by putting his smartass eye less than an inch from the insect, holding it wide open in defiance.
footfootfoot Wednesday Aug 17 07:37 PM
How I never got caught playing with fire I'll never know. We were pretty careful except this one time...
BigV Wednesday Aug 17 07:49 PM
Lucy Wednesday Aug 17 07:55 PM
So. Who would catch fire flies, tear off their 'fire' and wear it as jewelry?
BigV Wednesday Aug 17 08:01 PM
We caught lightning bugs too. In jars we collected them, but always intact. I don't remember taking them apart, to use as jewelry or as bait or as anything else.
wolf Thursday Aug 18 01:34 AM
I was a stick 10K of them along with a small handful of grass in an oddly shaped plastic bug bottle with a faux leaf in the middle and have them slowly starve to death as I let them gently light up my bedroom from the dresser kind of kid.
To this day lightning bugs are one of about three insects or arachnids that don't totally freak me out (the other two are ladybugs and daddy longlegs).
Hobbs Thursday Aug 18 11:15 AM
Queen of the Ryche Friday Aug 19 10:20 AM
my hubby and his cousins would paint with their luminescence - on the sidewalk, themselves, each other..........
footfootfoot Friday Aug 19 12:43 PM
Or the rolling stones,
Lucy Sunday Aug 21 06:21 PM
And that was too far to walk from the country.
My pop used to go down to Will's Creek with my uncle Mick and they would feel for snapping turtles. Can you imagine, walking along the banks of a small creek and sticking your hand into a hole in said bank, all the while, hoping the durned old turtle hadn't backed in. They did that sometimes. I tagged along a couple times and carried the burlap sack.
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Aug 21 08:42 PM
LUCY!! You were a bag lady?
Lucy Sunday Aug 21 08:45 PM
LOL! I hadn't thought of it that way, but yeah! I guess I was. LOL!
zippyt Sunday Aug 21 09:48 PM
did you also light your Matchbox cars on fire, pretending they crashed?
Clodfobble Sunday Aug 21 11:11 PM
Zippyt, when were you in Okinawa? My husband spent several years there.
zippyt Sunday Aug 21 11:30 PM
84 I think
Clodfobble Monday Aug 22 10:40 AM
Huh... He was there from around 82-84 I think. In some school for American kids, but I can't remember the name.
Undertoad Friday Aug 12 04:19 PM
richlevy Saturday Aug 13 07:25 AM
BTW, I read a sci-fi story where a guy encountered alien praying mantises who all looked like beautiful women. It didn't work out well for him.
CaliforniaMama Saturday Aug 13 09:02 AM