Well yesterday, as I was heading in the house from checking out my pathetic garden, I came across an incredible scene. A preying mantis seemed to be wrestling a grasshopper. I even nudged it lightly with my toe and they seem to be in a deadlock. I could swear it looked like the preying mantis had its hands around the grasshoppers neck and was in deep concentration. The grasshopper was jerking its leg, kind of twitchy like. I crouched there just mesmerized by the scene. I knew I had to get some pictures, so I ran in the house and got the camera.
When I came back, the preying mantis was munching on the grasshopper's head. You'd think gross, but I thought it was amazing. So I called the kids over from their friend's house to check it out. Before I knew it the whole neighborhood of kids came to check it out.
Since I was doing some canning, I couldn't sit and watch the whole thing unfold. But I made sure to go out and check on it about every half hour. I'm not a great photographer but I did get some decent pics. Here is how the match unfolded.
The head dangling on
Now the head is gone and it is sucking out its neck