Nature red in tooth and claw — Lady the Mantis

Meet Lady, she’s a praying (or preying, depending on your perspective) mantis.

One of the advantages of working in an entomology department

One of the advantages of working in an entomology department

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You can keep pet praying mantids in your office.

We raised lady from a juvenile.  To be honest, she’s always been a little odd, but after she molted and got her wings, we knew there was something weird about her.  Her wings never close, they just flap around behind her.

Don't worry, Lady, you're still beautiful.

Don’t worry, Lady, you’re still beautiful.

We feed Lady crickets.  (This gets a bit graphic, so if you don’t like insect violence, you should click away now.  Here are some adorable red pandas.)

Is that...is that a cricket?

Is that…is that a cricket?

For meeee???

For meeee???

Om nom nom nom

Om nom nom nom

Crickets are delicious

Crickets are delicious

Crunch crunch

Crunch crunch

rawr

rawr

nom nom

nom nom

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A true feast

It’s true what they say…nature is red in tooth and claw (and mandible).

Mua aahahahaha

Mua aahahahaha

 

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