September 3, 2014
While walking out to the barn, I almost stepped on this guy.
“Well, hello there.”
He followed me, with his beady eyes, craning his neck in different directions. Although he looked like
a praying mantis, he was brown, and I always thought they were green. Hmm…
Noting the leaf he was next to, I TORE into the house to get my camera.Upon my
return, there were several leaves.
In my haste, I had failed to notice that. He was camouflaged very well. Fortunately, after a bit of
searching, I was able to locate him.
I took several photos. He was so calm and cooperative- not at all like a peacock.
His penetrating stare was like being watched by an alien.
He posed perfectly
and did not seem
at all frightened.
Then the most amazing
He started walking
right towards me-
never losing eye contact.
Oh my gosh, I thought,
what if he bites?
I should run.
But then I thought of you, and the great picture I would get.
Never, when I almost stepped on him, did I think he would actually be the one stepping on me!
Once I realized he was not going to bite, it was all very friendly. I googled him and, yes,
there are brown praying mantis, as well as green.
I also learned some females are perverted. They actually eat the head off their mate!
While writing this post, I debated is it a him or a her? In the end, I sided with the victim. Does he know his fate?
Does he look forward to it??
Have a good day!