Yesterday, while smoking a turkey breast (in the smoker, not a joint) I pulled up the cucumber vines. On the vine was a brown mantis-so I carried her over to the vines on the fence so she could continue to hunt. This morning I did a little googling. I have friends who collect and raise mantids and other insects, so I was curious.
OMIGOD-they have some big old jaws don't they? What I find hilarious is that as a child I was afraid of grasshoppers, but not mantis. It just goes to show that judgement based on shape isn't a very good measure of safety or lack thereof. Actually, I think it was more the movement-grasshoppers flop around and mantis usually don't. Apparently, with those big old jaws, they don't have to.
I guess this post is just my way of saying "I'm here this morning, and how are you?"