RonG wrote:Bette Davis Eyes!
I wonder if they realize how cool looking they are. Playing night tennis in Elgin, we used to see a lot of them there on the nets, fences and occasionally flying. We had to check the nets before playing to make sure we didn't accidently splat one with a ball.
grems wrote:By its size I'm guessing it's a female.
Years back, they liked to live in the vines growing up the brick walls of my fraternity house. We decided to capture one as a pet (female) then added another (male). Sure enough they got it on, after which I witnessed what I had heard happened but didn't know was true: the female ate the male!
catchafew wrote:Had a pet mantis in college for a few weeks that we found on campus garden, during my Renfield days. Guys on the floor would capture large spiders, hornets and flies and feed it. Somebody caught a roach and threw it in with the mantis but the mantis never attacked it, guessing it was too large.
Thankfully they're not larger but I'm sure they inspired Guillermo del Toro and others.
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