Nov 12, 2008

Dining Mantis

Sorry. Couldn't help it. Had to dip back in to Igor Siwanowicz's kettle of photos and serve another helping of mantis.

This mantis is posing for the camera, gripping its meal with one be-spiked arm, while coyly touching his mandibles with the other. Don't be shy, little mantid. Go ahead. I know you prefer to start eating your food while it is still alive, so why wait?




















There you go. Right there. You usually start eating the neck first, but the thorax works too. I would save the juicy abdomen for last, too.



Thanks for the photos, Igor.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Without a scale reference it's hard to tell that Flybon and Mantisoid are each over 40 stories tall.

The epic battle lasted six hours and leveled half of Tokyo.

Vanessa said...

My second favourites (spiders are first), they are gorgeous!
I watched a huge tyke eat a spider like that once, it was sad for the spider but awesome to watch a mantis in action.
Those are spectacular photos.

Danielle said...

Why why why did I come to this site after dinner?!?!

Wendy said...

Consume mass quantities!

LisaL said...

Anything that takes down the fly population is OK in my book! Go get im!

morgan said...

You've got to wonder how having that cone disguises it to the fly. I mean, I guess it probably looks like some local flower, but now I just think about a fly looking at two identical mantids, one with cone, one without. "Safe. Not safe." Or maybe the mantis is heading out to work, and its spouse says, "Oh honey! Don't forget your cone!" "Oh, that was a close one, hun'!" I love evolution.

Kit said...

Aside from the fact that Mantis kung-fu is greater than my own... they are super polite bugs. They always clean themselves with their legs, and their little heads are so cute when the size you up for a showdown.

Deaf Brown Trash Punk said...

that is so cool.