Mantids

(062:  Baby praying mantis.  Photo © 2009 by Robin)

Did you know that the name “mantis” comes from the Greek for fortune teller (soothsayer) or prophet?  I didn’t.  I also didn’t know mantids (the group name) can turn their heads 180 degrees, see movement up to 60 feet away and although they’re considered good garden insects because they eat a lot of other insects,  don’t discriminate between the good bugs and the bad bugs.  Those spiky things on their legs are to help them hold their prey.

This baby was checking out the support pole of the new spiral stairs.  I had to keep chasing him or her around the pole to get a picture.  What was funny was watching the little thing peek around the sides of the pole to see if I was still there whenever I decided to practice patience and try to wait him (or her) out.  I think it eventually decided I was harmless as it finally crawled around to where I could see it and snap a few photos.

M and I went blueberry picking this morning.  Between the two of us we only managed to pick about 7.5 lbs. of blueberries in 45 minutes or so.  While there were plenty of berries on the bushes, a lot of them hadn’t ripened yet.  We’ll have to try again next week.