Skip to comments.Praying mantis hangs out in Marlins dugout [video only]
Posted on 09/08/2013 6:27:29 PM PDT by servo1969
A praying mantis interacts with Florida players during today's Marlins/Nationals game. Some enjoy the mantis's company, other are less than amused. One freaks out when the mantis jumps on him which sends the announcers into a laughing fit.
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Some “laugh out loud” moments in this video! Great find!
What’s wrong with those men? It’s a green, pretty insect that doesn’t bite. I see lots of them in my garden, and they’re usually ingeniously camouflaged. Sometimes you have to look closely to recognize them, because they disguise themselves as flowers, dead leaves and bird turds. And they are amazingly intelligent, as bugs go. I think they’re extraterrestrials.
Fascinating creatures. They respond to you as an animal would — rather than an insect. Much more intelligent than a typical insect.
Check out this link: "Mantis catches and devours two honeybees"
“I claim this noggin in the name of Mantidae!”
I love Mickey Mantis!
Heck, I’d be honored if a Praying Mantis wanted to sit on top of my cap. Mantises are awesome!
From the score it seems that Washington was the team in need of prayer.
Fear of insects is psychological / genetic.
For the same people, you could place a sterile, non-venomous and non-biting insect on their body and their brain would light up with the stress response of the kind one would see when confronted by a lion in the wild.
I’ve also found they’ll drink milk from a spoon, don’t know if it’s good for them though.
I've always thought so too. Just moved a baby one off of my bar-b-que to a nearby plant yesterday.
I had a really good belly laugh the other day. My uncle was visiting (to borrow some money) and I had turned off the AC and opened all the windows to air out the house. A palmetto bug flew in the livingroom window and landed on his shoulder, and he totally freaked. He jumped up, slapping at himself and screaming “Get it off me! Get it off me!”
I just cracked up with uncontrollable laughter. There were tears in my eyes. You would think a giant poisonous scorpion had just crawled up his butt.
For those of you who live up north, a palmetto bug is a giant flying cockroach that lives in the trees outside.
I agree in re: the reaction to the single praying mantis...
But, when I was 15 years old, I got my first job which involved FICA and SS deductions. The job was sweeping floors at a large textile factory. The job also required that you perform various other tasks as assigned... The factory had beed expanded several times over the years and the expansions had created little “court yards” surrounded by four concrete block walls, accessable through only one door. We had to go into these areas and cut the grass. There was one area about 30’ x 50’, that had become infested completely with a huge praying mantis population. Thousands of them... It was like something Stephen King would have written back in the day. And we had to clean them out. No kidding, I saw one that was at least 15” long. Multi-colored, too. Green, brown, and an orange-yellow. I will tell you that if you walk into that size swarm, you will definitely get creeped out. They would be all over you. One of my co-workers quit. Another made a flame thrower from a garden sprayer and went to war with them. The mantis population took a huge hit that day.
My kids used to love catching a mantis, putting into a jar with a cricket and watch the fun.
Here in southern New Jersey(’’ the shore area’’ where I live) we have the green colored species, beautiful little buggers, well, they’re big actually. My wife loves them because they eat the bugs that go after her rose bushes and her other plants. I’ve always thought they’re just about the coolest looking insects going.( They’re from the family of beetles, the most numerous of insects species.) Funny thing about this picture to me is that the mantis I always see don’t have black eyes. They’re a kind of light brown or beige.
Friend, years ago I did demolition work in NYC , tearing down and renovating old buildings. Been down below Manhattan and the Bronx in some funky old buildings and I saw cockroaches, that flew, and were about as big as a damned sparrow, I kid you not. Hit them things with a shovel and they’d keep moving. You had to wallop them ugly ass things two or three times before they stopped moving.
The only insect that can turn its head without turning the rest of its body.
Man, we are ate up with those things this year! I chalk it up to all the rain this summer.
AAGH! That’s disgusting! (shudder) If one of those things landed on me, I’d run in circles, screaming.
(Bug phobia, in case you couldn’t tell)
I worked at a gas station and a Mantis took up residence in the garage. We would run around catching bugs to feed it. It even had a name which I cant recall. That thing lived like a king.
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