Monday, August 30, 2010

Sex and Death

I saw this praying mantis outside my apartment when I got home on Thursday. She was sitting there being all freaking creepy and what was sitting right in front of her?
Dead praying mantis. Now I know from watching What's Eating Gilbert Grape that she probably killed him right after doing it with him. Thanks to the internet I can tell you that this is called sexual cannibalism.

Sexual cannibalism is a special case of cannibalism in which a female organism kills and consumes a male of the same species before, during, or after copulation. On rare occasion, these roles are reversed.[1][2]While there are some species in which sexual cannibalism is normal, the aforementioned reversal of roles is abnormal in all.


Just like Bell Biv Devoe taught us, never trust a big butt and a smile. 


Around the time I was taking this picture an old man pulled up his car next to me and said, "What are you doing?" I don't know why he feels like what I do is any of his business. It's not. Nothing I do all day is any of his business, but I'm nice and I told him, "I'm taking pictures of things!" That was all he needed and he continued on his way.

11 comments:

Tiffany said...

Wow, I just saw a preying mantis in my yard (check FB for photos). She was there a few days in my day lily bush just chillin. Good photos.

Reverend Awesome said...

I saw it, Tiffany! They are sooo creepy!
I feel like they are always plotting.

Leigh said...

I agree! Super creepy. We caught one and stuck it in a jar once. I was holding up the jar and looking at it and I noticed it kept turning its head, like it was cocked in curiosity (or plotting revenge). Freaked me out.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

you can see she looks vicious and sinister....

Becky Jo said...

I think those are one of the weirdest bugs. I dig the weird bugs, because they don't care if they are freak shows. Obviously this preying mantis is comfortable with who she is.

Fran said...

Thank God she gets her life advice from Bel Biv Devoe. Smart lady mantis. Killing off the male after she's used him.

George and Maureen Johnson said...

I love Praying Mantis...they are so "Other Worldly" to me, you know really alien..lol lol lol..:0)
As far as sexual cannabalism, I know a ton of woman like that...lol lol lol..:0)
They don't eat their men alive, they just pick at them until they are weak, poor, and die!
But then on the other hand, if men didn't like it, they wouldn't go for those types! Predators come in all shapes, sizes, species, etc...Way cool photos Reverend Awesome, love em! :)

k.a. barnes said...

I love that you mashed up entomology & Bell Bev Devoe.
10 extra points for that.

Reverend Awesome said...

Praying mantis look like they know too much and I don't like it!

Swamp Thing said...

Holy Shnit, this blog is hilarious. I was excited because I used a Wayne's World / Austin Powers quote as a caption in my last blog post "You kiss your mother with that mouth?" but you have taken it up another 10 levels by going with BBD. Damn!

Reverend Awesome said...

No need to sell your clever short. Wayne's World/BBD, it's all topical.

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