Mar 1, 2007

Idolomantis Diabolica

Idolomantis Diabolica. Isn't that one of the coolest names ever? I like it so much I might name my next child that. I'll just have to have my wife buy into the whole latin thing. No one tell her what it means, though. That would kill the deal.

I can't find much out about this mantid except that people like it a lot. I wonder how often they assume this menacing pose. If they do it a lot, then I'm going to have to get my hands on one. Are there any entomologists out there that can give us some more info?

Thanks for the link, Anthony.

Photo by: Blepharopsis

14 comments:

Arachnophile_grrl said...

I finally have a BLOG id...

Anhyhoo, back on topic. THAT is one of the most freakin' AWSOME insects I've ever seen. Mantids are right up there next to spiders and cephlapods in utter coolness in my books.

I have to learn more about this one. The name really is so perfect.

Howard said...

Wait, didn't Voltron, Ultraman and Godzilla all defeat him in epic battles on our televisions when we were kids?

Jack Ruttan said...

He's living origami.

Arachnophile_grrl said...

LOL - nice Howard. I think this guy could TOTALLY take Mothra AND the 50 foot Woman. ;)

Did you see this guy's gallery? I think I'm in LOVE! Heh, he called this one: The Dark Pope of Yuggoth.

Seriously though, I've never seen such an beautiful collection insect/arachnid and herp shots ever.

Swintah said...

Oh, wow, I thought that was some sort of post-modern sculpture. Cool.

vg_01 said...

lol, i edit that image on photoshop its alot better than that other one i will just host it on imageshack and post a link/ the url to it on comments

vg_01 said...

Ok here it is copy and paste in your htlm bar thingy and look at the image lol

vg_01 said...

Nvm computer crashed :(

Abby Trois said...

It's like a Kabuki mantis or something. Weird.

Xris said...

It just doesn't look real. It looks like an art project.

Ed said...

They are indeed a beautiful mantis!

I've got a nymph at the moment, quite hard to look after. Needing 25-30oC and only eating flying insects!

If you want to buy one, and you're in the uk www.bugzuk.co.uk has some, that's where I got mine!

Hope that helps.

Arachnophile said...

I've considered adding a mantis to my menagerie. My upstairs neighbors have forbade me to get a tarantula but they didn't say anything about a mantis... >:) heh heh

Raging Wombat said...

Thanks, Ed.

Also, nice icon, Arachnophile!

Arachnophile said...

LoL - hence why I was looking for that email addy. ;) Thanks!