Monday, April 2, 2007

Adopting Gertrude

We have adopted ... a Praying Mantis. I call her Gertrude or Gertie for short. She sleeps in our house all day then comes out to hunt our little bugs at night. Wikipedia says they are day feeders, but not our little Gertie. Geoff grew up playing with them, but I don't remember any growing up. I think she's so fascinating and big: 3" or more. At first it would scare her when I went over to watch; she would start to wiggle and do push-ups. Now she just turns her head and looks right back at me. It is the strangest thing to make eye contact with a bug. It sounds crazy, but I think she some how recognizes me and has learned that I am not a threat. She washes her head like a cat: licking her "paws" then running them on her head. I've grown attached to her. I think the heat is affecting me.

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