Sunday, October 09, 2005

Mantis Exoskeleton


This is the shed skin from my big brown mantis from last month. I don't know why I like to keep the skins for awhile. They are a perfect replica of the insect, down to the antennas, the mouthparts, and even the claws and toes. And while the notion of a skeleton is sometimes associated with death, an exoskeleton is evidence of life and growth.

In any case, Michael hates seeing these things lying around, so I think it's time to bid this fine specimen a fond farewell. I have this nice picture to remember her by.
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