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Praying Mantises… and Primitive Notions of Entropy…

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.     Universal order eternally smiled at the limited, rather barbaric,

.     miseducated, ironclad notions of entropy… as certain minds,

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Praying Mantises will make a quick meal out of other insects within their vicinity, which is a rather entropic situation for the prey, but a rather non-entropic situation for the Mantises.  (Universal order, by the way, isn’t going bye-bye.)

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.   I love handling Mantises in the wild.  Most, when caught, will tame down within a few minutes… after they bite the living daylights out of you!  Most will tame down so quickly that — after several minutes, when you put them back down on the ground — they actually zealously try to get back on your hand; they love to climb the wiggling fingers; to them it must be a fun sort of activity or exciting experience.  (At least that’s the case with the ones I’ve encountered.)  In our area I only found one Mantid that would not tame down, no matter what.  That one I called “a bronco”… and I hope not to experience another one like it for a very long time!

At one time, I had a Praying Mantis as a pet… in a large terrarium.  I fed it thawed frozen brine shrimp (daily) from my fingers.  It lived for a very long time and laid huge egg sacks full of many eggs (that I put in our backyard).  Female Mantises can lay fertile eggs even without ever coming into contact with a male Mantis; in such cases, the babies are exact clones of the mother.  (If they do mate with a male… the females sometimes eat the male’s head off… or consume much of his body.)  My pet Mantis really enjoyed climbing around on my fingers often.  I was with my pet Mantis on the day that it died; it continually kept kissing its arms/legs all around… as if it were saying “good-bye” to itself.

Mantises truly look “alien-like” in appearance!

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(go figure)

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Mantis (1)... hanging out with Tom...by Thomas Peace 2013

Mantis (1)… hanging out with Tom…by Thomas Peace 2013

Mantis (2)... hanging out with Tom... by Thomas Peace  2013

Mantis (2)… hanging out with Tom… by Thomas Peace 2013

Mantis (3) by Thomas Peace 2013

Mantis (3) by Thomas Peace 2013

Mantids are meticulous groomers!

Mantis (4) by Thomas Peace 2013

Mantis (4) by Thomas Peace 2013

Peeking over the antenna… right into the camera eye!

Mantis (5) by Thomas Peace 2013

Mantis (5) by Thomas Peace 2013

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