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5/11/2009

Invasion.

Posted by Gwen |

While chatting with a friend on the phone late yesterday morning - or was it early afternoon? - anyway, while I was chatting I was pulling weeds.  Some people like to smoke on the phone, some people pace, but I pull weeds.

I had a nice big handful so decided to walk them down to the yard waste dumpster, conveniently located at the end of my lot.  I walked out there, picked up the door to throw the stuff in and then noticed this:


They were everywhere!  And I almost touched one!  I'm a girl so squealed like one and then ran to get the camera.

(clicky=biggy, if you dare)

I grew up in the country and have never in my life seen baby praying mantises (manti?) . . . they are even freakier than adult ones.  Ugh.  I have it in my head, though, that they're good bugs to have, like they eat mosquitoes or something, so I won't complain.  I won't be using the dumpster until I'm sure they've graduated college and moved into their own homes, but I won't complain.

36 comments:

Whiskeymarie said...

Yukyukyukyukyuk. I totally can't come over again until they're gone. Well, don't expect me to take out the garbage while I'm there- I'll just flush everything down the toilet, if that's OK with you.

No no clicky = biggy for me, thank you very much.

The Imaginary Reviewer said...

Urgh, I hate those things. My students in Japan used to make grown ones fight each other. Yuk

Chemgeek said...

Doesn't the female bite the male's head off after mating? If that's true, I would like you to kill them all.

words...words...words... said...

Wow. It's a little gross, but mostly interesting. But that's mostly because that isn't MY dumpster. I have always found praying mantises interesting and I've never seen babies. I imagine this is what it would look like if Paris Hilton had a litter.

Cora said...

Actually, I think that's pretty cool, Gwen. I'm more than a little jealous. And, please, if my science-geek kid knew about this she would be packing a bag to hitch hike her way to your house ASAP!!

Girl Interrupted said...

Bleurgh! Eek! Gah! *shudder* :/ There's no way I'm enlarging those pics!


AAARGH! (I lied) :(

SkylersDad said...

Where do you live, the heart of the Amazon? Yuck is right!

J.J. in L.A. said...

That's a lovely thing to see right before lunch. lol! And there's NO WAY I'm clicking on it! Btw, my 'piece of clothing I won't throw away' post is up. Sorry it's late!

mo.stoneskin said...

Damn.

I put those mantis eggs to freak you out, not to provide blog fodder

Jennifer and Sandi said...

CRAP are they ever UGLY!!!! I never thought about "I wonder what a praying manti's baby looks like" and I'm glad. Poor things being all ugly!

STAY SAFE!!

- Jennifer

Sass said...

After I changed my underwear, because that picture made me pee myself...I would say, that's probably quite cool.

Not in real life, but quite cool that it's waaaaaay far away from me.

H said...

These probably showed up after Whiskeymarie took a dump in there while she was visting...does that mean that WM might be an alien?

C.B. Jones said...

I'm a dude who grew up in the south, and even I squealed like a girl after seeing those pics.

They look like little albino, insect minions. What if the adult mantis is twenty feet tall? Do Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones make house calls? o_o'

mike said...

I thought praying mantises were like endangered or something. I think you need to leave them to procreate in your yard.

But don't worry, I'm still scared of centepedes...

Soda and Candy said...

I was just completely relieved that they were mantis babies and not maggots, which is what I thought when I saw the first picture, and I thought I was gonna have to come over there and set that dumpster on fire.

*shudder*

Dr Zibbs said...

Growing up in PA if you killed one kids would yell. "That's a $1000 fine!!"

I never did check the law on that one but maybe it's true.

Shawn said...

I thought they were maggots also but they are kinda worse...

maggots with legs! Gah!

TexasLauren77 said...

That's going to give me nightmares tonight!!

Soda and Candy said...

Shawn, nothing is worse than maggots.

NOTHING.

Scope said...

"Well, now we know what Brian was doing lurking in your alley."

No, not good enough. How about

"Well, I bet the thought of those climbing in through your open window while you sleep will keep you up tonight."

Better, but still, WAIT!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCpUZmUPmlE&feature=PlayList&p=792FE37FA2BF1CD0&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=13

Coolred38 said...

come on people....CUUUUTTTEEEEE!!!!

little tiny head eating when im done having sex with you but cant stand you for anything else insects...gotta love em.

you know there are plenty of women out there that would totally eat some heads off of men after sex if civilized society didnt frown on such things...wimps.

Little Brr said...

This might be an opportunity to make some fast cash... There's a store in town that sells these little guys to protect gardens. Well, maybe I should rethink that... How in the hell would you capture them to sell them? That, my friend, would be hilarious!

Fancy Schmancy said...

I love praying mantiseses (they're our state bug!), but those babies look like like aliens. Creepy!

Fancy Schmancy said...

p.s. how are the hives?

Some Guy said...

They're adorable!

Nej said...

Babies!!! How awesome is that? Sorry Gwen, I love praying mantis. They are so regal and cool looking. :-)

Candy's daily Dandy said...

EWWW...Save the women and children!!!!

Suze said...

Let's get back to the pulling of the weeds. Can you talk on the phone and walk yourself down south and get started in my yard? Please?

~E said...

ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

Those are protected in most states. So, don't go all apeshit on them with your flip flops or anything.

Also, just because I care, a praying mantis egg case kind of looks like a cold scrotum.

Suburbia Steph said...

Yikes! What a trip!

Spud Mack said...

You call these icky bugs?? We have spiders as big as your head, crocodiles, snakes and cochraoches all within walking distance from home. Its a fight for survival everyday down here.

HelpMakeCents said...

Dude. These things are so odd they make me say things like "dude."

Stephanie said...

Came here because Benny told me to check it out and well...now I have the heebie jeebies...

My son however, would like to know exactly where this is, because he wants a praying mantis...

cool reads. Gonna go do some catching up now. [keeping bottle of Raid handy]

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