Mantis meets cricket, with predictable results...(pic)
My blog today features a series of photos of my new European mantis (Mantis religiosa) feeding on a domestic cricket. I hadn’t kept a mantid for many years and had forgotten just how interesting they are. It is fascinating how incredibly efficient and fast they are at consuming a good sized insect.
If you are squeamish about bug guts you might want to avoid looking at the picture below. Somehow I don’t think that will be a problem for the folks on this forum!
feeding mantid 7 copyright Ernie Cooper 2012_filtered by ernie.cooper, on Flickr
Great pic as always Ernie.
But who knew that a cricket would have such a creamy filling?
Crickets in my favourite state - dismembered and mostly eaten because they're gross
Nice pic! Why the cream?
carnivorous plants of the world -- unite!
Crunchy outside, soft gooey interior -- not unlike a Hersey's ROLO. heh
"Blessed are the cracked….
For they are the ones who let in the light."
I was gonna say Cadbury Creme Egg!
LOL! I'm really loving all these great comments! Kepp them coming! I think I need to post some more "crickets getting eaten" photos...
I like how smart mantids are. If dinner starts kicking up a fuss, Mr. Mantis eats off whatever's moving.
I should find a mantid species that'll live comfortably in one of my terrariums.
If you shake a rain stick, you get rain. I need a hamata stick.