Do Not Look Away


A little while ago I spotted a mantis in my kitchen window. He was more or less doing mantissy type things, namely, not moving. I came back later and he had snagged a moth. I wanted to tell him thanks, but he kind of creeped me out by staring me down while munching away on the moth. I could only think he was trying to send a message. “You're next…”

Or he caught random movement in his multifaceted eyes and was trying to gauge whether to flee or not. I'm not sure I'd buy that, though. He/she was pretty much a badass. So I took a photo for posterity.