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Ahhh, nature

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by bassteban, Nov 20, 2005.

  1. I've been watching a large male praying mantis in my front yard. He has stayed on the same pink rose for the past two days w/good results- I've seen him eating a still-alive bee & my wife saw him downing a wasp. Of particular interest to the qintar, perhaps, is the fact I've seen him crap twice. :spit: Big ones... incredulous
  2. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Praying mantises are incredible bugs. They are like, the perfect hunter bug, equipped with a wide array of abilities and facilities for easily taking out many other bugs.

    A friend of mine had 3 or 4 mantises as 'pets' hanging out in his kitchen for a while. It started with this one shrimpy one, then suddenly a bigger one showed up, both male. Then the shrimpy one died and the male got a little bigger. Then a female showed up. This one was HUGE, like twice the size of the male.

    My friend would feed them spiders and other live bugs. It was nuts seeing a mantis take out a black widow that was about the same size as it.

    Eventually, the female ate the male, and then shortly thereafter left. We haven't seen any mantises since. But perhaps eggs have been laid and more mantises will show up. Regardless, they are ****ing awesome bugs.
  3. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Plus they look kinda funny when you pull their arms off.

    "How you gonna pray now?!!"

    brad cook
  4. burk48237

    burk48237 Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Oak Park, MI
    LOL in a sadistic sorta way! :D
  5. crikker

    crikker Yooper From Way Back

    Sep 25, 2004

    I never knew I could blast beer outta my nose. Good job. :eek:
  6. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    The side of my house is covered in trumpet vine. 2 things frequent it; Preying Mantis and Hummingbirds.

    Nature is cool :cool:
  7. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    nature is strange and squishy. :(
  8. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    Every so often my dad will bring home a praying mantis when he returns from a trip to California. They don't live long up here.

  9. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Are you constantly serenaded with little Miles Davis standards?

    brad cook
  10. Vox Populi

    Vox Populi Reggae Loving Honkey

    Jan 27, 2004
    Poulsbo, WA
    They are rare, but when I was like 8 years old I caught one (more like it caught me, it just flew up right into my hair, so I kept it) and kept it for a week or so. It was a very pregnant female, so I let it go eventually.
  11. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Ya, who could live long up there. Dreary place.
  12. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I used to have a trumpet vine on a trellis between two decks. Believe me there are at least two other things that frequent it: Aphids and ants. Man those are some nasty plants.
  13. They sure do look intelligent the way they cock their head & follow you w/their eyes, but I'm not so sure; both times this one dumped he was upside-down. The poop rolled down his back & bounced off his head. Smooth move, bug. :p
  14. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    I was inspired by this guy:

    trying to get some of this:

    on a trail when I was hiking in the Rockies 3 weeks ago. He seemed to get pretty angry when I got there and he flew right at me from about 20 feet away and landed in that tree about 4 feet away from me.
  15. Nothin' meaner than a mid-rut sage grouse on the make...
  16. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Did you come hiking out with a few little feathers hanging out of your mouth? That's always so embarrassing.

    brad cook
  17. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA

    Hater........ :D

  18. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    Oh really? Try cutting in line in a Starbucks at 730 in the morning. :D

  19. :mad: Now that's off the chart. :mad:
  20. My little friend. One foreleg is either damaged or not fully-formed- he/she doesn't use it much & it's noticeably shorter, but she/he seems to be doing fine regardless.