Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Bug Blog

While driving tractor,  Jon has found many a bug-he said sometimes it is almost as if there are frogs leaping out of his way. He has mostly found praying mantis and rather huge crickets. He often catches them and they ride in the cab with him. He almost always brings them  home in his lunch box. 

 This first one was actually IN his lunch box. Thankfully, he took the critter out before I opened up the box!

 This one, as you can see, rode with him and appears to be telling him which direction to drive.
 Below is the rather creepy cricket he has found in abundance. These, thankfully, were in containers in his lunch box. I still was rather startled. He said the thing was so large it lost a leg as it was put into the empty Gatorade bottle. It has a very large 'tail'--which Jon is holding it by for the photo shoot.

 This is the mantis that he caught with the cricket. He did not put them in the same container, so as to keep them both alive to 'show' us and to photograph when he came home. We rather liked the alien look in the one picture. The bottom one which shows the mantis ready to fly is pretty fun, as well. Hopefully, all these creatures fare well in our yard. Steve did wonder why they weren't around when he was a kid. He said he would have loved these as a boy.

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