johnlasala "My eyes are down here, buddy." #Smelkor #mantid #mantis #datass 2d

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johnlasala #Smelkor at 3rd instar. #mantis #mantid 5d

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johnlasala Last month when we took down our Christmas tree, @katelasala discovered that a sizable brood of mantis babies had been born and were crawling around on the tree skirt. Much to her (initial) horror.

When I was called to the scene, I saw that most of them were already dead, but many were still sort of alive and/or kicking. I endeavored to save as many of them as possible after a hurried bit of research and consulting with a friend who happens to be kind of a mantid expert, but within a couple days, all had died. It was a valiant effort, but I was just too late. Their fates had already been sealed.

That is, all except one who'd remained hidden and somehow escaped my "rescue" attempt. Because a couple days later, while cleaning up after the tree take-down, @katelasala found a single mantis, crawling around like nobody's business. This was a lone survivor and I endeavored to keep this one alive. And after finally making it through his first molt, I can finally declare this little mantis alive and well! I intend to release him back outside once the weather is warm enough.

Till then, I give you the mighty #Smelkor, praying mantis extraordinaire! #mantis #mantid
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johnlasala No sign of Lifeless Packaging. 1w

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johnlasala One of a pair of beasties I saw last summer. #gryphon 1w

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johnlasala Celebrating her graduation from #academyfordogtrainers with honors! 2w

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johnlasala This little frog has no idea what a good life he's got living in a subtropical climate greenhouse while it's otherwise January in New Jersey out there. 1mon

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johnlasala Some kind of #orchid! #notaspider 1mon

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johnlasala Say, why the...um...gorgon-headed breastplate? 1mon

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johnlasala Say, why the long blade? 1mon

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johnlasala Say, why the no head? 1mon

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