reply to post by LeTan
When I was younger, I helped to open a new grocery store in an area that would be considered very "country". Had a large Amish customer base, and
Anyhow, i worked overnights quite frequently, and would spend a lot of time outside in the warm summer nights. The parking lot there was HUGE, and we
had a lot of lights set up. This attracted, as you can imagine, a massive amount of insects. And with those insects came a HUGE number of mantis'
to partake of some easy meals.
I had a lot of opportunity to study them up close and personal, and became so enamored by their habits and means of hunting, etc, that I ended up
taking martial arts in praying mantis style
In my experience they were completely unafraid of humans, and would interact with me and others in a great amount of fascinating ways. I remember one
night I encountered a mantis that must have been a mega-grandmommy.. She was enormous. I'd never seen one so huge, and have yet to since.
She was sitting on top of a car when i passed it by, and I noticed her right away... She turned to face me and made some boxing-type movements, I took
it as a bit of a warning to keep away... which I did at first
I kid you not she was as long as my forearm, and very formidable looking. I stood
and watched her for a bit, and whenever I would move, she would follow my movements. If i raised my arm, she would raise hers; wherever i turned my
head, she did as well, totally mimicking my movements.
Finally, I got a little braver, and stepped forward, and she did the same. We got very close to each other, within 6 inches or so. Suddenly... she
STRUCK.... but not me... she ended up grabbing a bug that had landed on my shoulder!
She killed it pretty quickly, and i watched it all, so fascinated. She dropped it onto the car, and stepped forward to me again, and this time she
started to climb onto my shoulder. I was quite a bit paranoid! But i wanted to see what she would do. She got all the way onto my shoulder, and
started to comb through my hair, and wow that was a weird feeling! I think she was looking to see if i had any more bugs on me lol. After a couple
moments, she crawled back off of me, grabbed the big bug that she had killed, and took off fast.
I heard a voice behind me say, "that was the coolest thing I have ever seen!" Turns out my manager had come outside to see what was taking me so
long, and found me encountering this massive, yet pretty friendly, insect.
Didn't get into trouble at all lol he was talking about what he had seen her do for days
Anyhow, yes, I've had quite a number of fascinating encounters with these amazing creatures, and am still endlessly drawn to them. Lots of stories
like that regarding them in my life hehe