This is my contribution to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Fun!
I’m no entomologist, but I am developing a certain affinity for bugs. Especially bugs that eat other bugs, like this mantis. Outdoor Guy found him in our yard this morning, so Wyokiddo and I took a break from a morning of puzzles and coloring to head outside for an inspection.
Most people call this a praying mantis, but I’ve been told that is a general description, not an actual species. This is probably a Carolina mantis, and a juvenile at that. I’d never seen a white mantis, so I did some research. Mantises molt up to 10 times as they grow into an adult, and after they molt, are white for a time. This poor guy just finished molting and then was accosted by a 4-year old with a stick and housewife with a camera.
Probably not his best day, but an awesome find for me and my daughter. We spent part of our morning watching him climb sticks, groom himself and even assume a fighting stance with provoked. Sometimes, you gotta leave your breakfast on the table and go have some fun with a bug!