Don’t worry…I am not about to preach…I wanted to use this blog to reflect on the sometimes barbaric nature of nature and an adopted “pet” in our new recently-tidied-up garden.
Picture the scene…I was out doing a little sweeping of the seating area by the decking after the garden had been cut back and I heard a gentle buzzing sound from nearby. I looked into the trees trying to locate the source of the noise, worried that I may be the target for an angry wasp and saw something surprising…a Praying Mantis which had caught a wasp and was busy eating it alive. The wasp was buzzing and I could see its jaws moving as the Mantis (who we have named “Peter”) proceeded to eat it alive. Gruesome. I have since seen him with another wasp as well.
So, Peter is our resident Praying Mantis (who was since seen moving to higher branches) and our new pseudo-pet. If he keeps the wasps away, he is OK with me.
It is quite amazing to see how aware these insects are of their surroundings close-up. I couldn’t resist gently tapping on his leg with a key as he sat in wait, blowing like a leaf, and he turned his head to look at me. Just goes to show, there are amazing things happening just outside your door! Enjoy the photo.