Saturday, October 4, 2008

A couple of bugs

Pardon the terrible photo, but I came into the kitchen one morning a couple of weeks ago and found this fat walking stick sitting on the floor. When I went to scoop him up with a piece of junk mail, I suddenly felt a fine spray of liquid on my hand. Some Internet searching reveals that walking sticks (the Phasmida order of insects) do spit as a defense mechanism. Conventional wisdom that the spit is acidic and can blind you if it gets in your eyes seems to be untrue.

I was a little disappointed not to have seen any mantises in the garden this year, but this giant showed up in the carport recently. Crazy, isn't it? I relocated her to the herb patch in hopes she might enjoy some of the leaf-footed bugs that are still hanging around hoping the tomatoes are coming back.


Blogger Lancashire rose said...

Look out for the mantis egg case and don't inadvertently bring one into the house. Otherwise you'll be chasing those little devils around trying to catch them on junk mail before they get caught up in the spiders web- or worse still before they eat each other(Did you know they are cannibals?)

October 6, 2008 1:24 PM  
Blogger jaireaux said...

oh, we can't see the photoshop markings all over that mantis photo. you probably took that from a picture of zorak.

October 6, 2008 2:41 PM  
Blogger vertie said...

Love the bug pictures, especially the praying mantis. It so cool how the mantis can turn its neck. Hope it's having fun in your garden now.

October 10, 2008 5:04 PM  

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