The other day I damn near stepped on a praying mantis sitting at the bottom of my outside steps, and I was like “Oh cool, don’t see one of those every day” so I get my daughter out so she can see it, too. They’re wicked cool lookin’ – ayuh! Then my wife tells me a few days ago that she saw it sitting on our deck. I’m thinking a praying mantis can only be a good sign.
Then this afternoon, while working outside cutting some misc boards and such, I happen to look down at the ground, and I’m like “what is that?” And it’s the praying mantis, only it looked like I accidentally stepped on the poor thing. T
Poor little praying mantis. So then I set it on one of the board scraps to get a better gander. It moved about a bit, and I realized it was still kicking.
Upon further inspection it looked like I’d screwed up one of its hind legs, poor mangled mantis. Then I’m thinking “Gosh, a good mantis sign and then I accidentally squash it. This must be an omen, the Gods will be angry! So I go back about my business, because there’s no use crying over squashed mantises. Ten or fifteen minutes later I see the rugged little insect got back up and started working its way off the board.
Then I let it be, figuring it’s toast anyway, even though the Mrs. thought it would be more humane to squash it than let it suffer, but – eh, life isn’t pretty and neither is death. Maybe it lived – who knows?
So then I go check out info on the mantis and I realize, holy crap – this critter is a TEOTWAWKI warrior! Read from this wiki source:
Mantises are exclusively predatory and their diet usually consists of living insects; larger species have been known to prey on small lizards, frogs, birds, snakes, and even rodents. Most mantises are ambush predators, waiting for prey to stray too near. The mantis then lashes out at remarkable speed. Some ground and bark species, however, pursue their prey rather quickly.
Camouflage – they’re well equipped for their environment, too! Cannibalism – some of the females eat the males after sex. Read:
The female may start feeding by biting off the male’s head (as with any prey), and if mating had begun, the male’s movements may become even more vigorous in its delivery of sperm.
Lol – what!? More:
Generally, mantises are protected simply by virtue of concealment. When directly threatened, many mantis species stand tall and spread their forelegs, with their wings fanning out wide. The fanning of the wings evidently makes the mantis seem larger and more threatening, with some species having bright colors and patterns on their hind wings and inner surfaces of their front legs for this purpose. If harassment persists, a mantis may then strike with its forelegs and attempt to pinch or bite.
Woah – if you’re forced to be an insect in the next life, and you want to be a TEOTWAWKI bug, be a praying mantis (or a cockroach).
– Ranger Man
BTW: 3rd Man, looks like your market prediction was right in yesterday’s comments – DOWN!
Want a view that argues gold IS NOT where you want to park your money, one that illustrates gold IS NOT the “safe haven” everyone cracks it up to be. Watch this analyst’s view.
The upside to this market downturn is that the price of oil is sinking, which is great news! Not only is the price better, but it means less cash for Chavez, Putin, Ahmadinejad, and such. Their socialist systems work so long as the money is coming in.
Next post is Friday night.