Thursday, September 30, 2004

A bug in the hand....

She is so awesome. Big and beautiful. I offered her three different males over the past few weeks. She ate two of them, without mating, as far as I know. The third male died mysteriously, (and frustratingly) also without mating. I kept her a little longer, hoping another male might show up at my porch light. A couple days ago, she surprised me with a beautiful ootheca. I fear it must be sterile, but there is always the possibility that she had already mated successfully before I found her.

Today, I took a few parting photos and let her go. The nights are starting to get just a little chilly, but she'll be OK for awhile. I would hate to see her decline, living in a jar, slowly deteriorating with age. I have kept mantids alive till Christmas, and beyond. It is bittersweet, eerie, and un-natural. This one needs to be free for the rest of her life.

A pretty face. Time to say goodbye.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Monday, September 27, 2004

Their discovery will lead to their death.

Yesterday, we took a little drive to my parents to show off the new car. As usual, I eventually took a little walk around the yard, and, also as usual, their house is disappointingly lacking in much interesting insect life. Michael did notice some wasp activity in a corner under the eaves, and looked up to find this little nest. It's proximity to the front door, and her general disgust for bugs in general prompted Mom to insist that Dad "get rid of it." I at least tried to make her realize that having Dad spray up over his head on a breezy day would have the spray going back in his face, and he should at least wait until the wind was calm. But she was adamant, and I'm sure by now the deed has been done.

Wasp colony in what was probably its last hours.

Saturday, September 25, 2004


This is where I will be posting my bug pictures. This cute little mantis was at the Fullerton Arboretum.
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