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  1. You’re the best, Chris! I learn something every day from you! Thanks!
    (One summer, as a child, I raised a praying mantis from a tiny little cannibal (he devoured his brother) to a large flying predator. Thus, I’ve always been fascinated by the mantis and had no idea they could perform this extraordinary feat.

  2. Dorna, it’s just lunch.

    Jabberwocky, did you catch the praying mantis from swomewhere or do they sell them in petstores. (I have heard that they actually do sell praying mantis eggs for gardens as a living insect repellant)

    Mark, How come there hasn’t ever been a horror movie based around them? Or has there?

  3. I caught both mantises while playing in the backyard. They lived in the typical young entomologist’s empty Miracle Whip jar, filled with twigs, leaves, grass and holes punched in the lid.
    After the grisly end of the brother I almost set the remaining one free.
    However, I redoubled my efforts to find bugs for him to dine on and by the end of summer had a huge healthy warrior to let loose upon the insect kingdom.

    …I’m sure the waiting sparrow found him to be a tasty treat.

  4. Yes, the Deadly Mantis is a sci-fi semi-classic from 1957:

    http://www.mst3kinfo.com/daddyo/di_804.html

    It’s a favorite of mine just because it is such a standard B-movie. It is one of the few giant insect movies that did not use radiation as a cause for giganticism. I would tell you more, but I don’t want to spoil the storyline for you.

    Oh, one more thing it is known for; supposedly there is a scene in the movie where the giant mantis is flinging a bus and some cars around, and on the bottom of one of the cars you can read TONKA. I, personally, have never been able to see the wording on the bottom of the car, but I only have the VHS version. The movie was filmed in heavy fog to help hide the wires of the giant puppet, so that makes it difficult, too. The scene with the mantis crawling up the Washington Monument is not to be missed!

    Ok, I’ll stop now.

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