Wednesday, October 22, 2008

DAY 97 - Yesterday's Visitor

As I walked out of the garage yesterday, something over in the corner of the door caught my eye. I haven't seen one of these in years -- and especially one so big. He/she must have been about 5" long.

The mantis was most cooperative while I took pictures, some with the camera almost on top of him.


Iris said...

Big rascal - and they eat other bugs. He's about the only thing I'd agree to keep around.

Islipian said...

When I was 6, I "caught" a praying mantis...uh...cocoon? I don't know what it's called - but it's where all the eggs (?) sit til they hatch. ANYWAY, I brought it inside in a shoe box, and put it in my closet. And forgot about it.

One Morning...I woke up...shy little 6-year-old a THOUSAND tiny eyes staring at me...the thing had HATCHED and there were newborn praying mantises (mantisi??) ALL over my room. On the windowsills, bookshelves, drapes, door moldings...oh my word. 42 years ago and I can still feel the horror I felt then!