Yesterday we looked at the skiddish housefly in detail but today we shall meander to the other extreme and examine the always-reflective and prayerful mantis. While our housefly defends himself with his reflexes, the mantis has as his shield a careful and studied consideration of every situation. Anyone who has chased one around a tree branch knows what I mean.
It almost looks as if this green beasty has pupils but that seems to just be a trick of the light. These guys don’t even sport the compound eyes of flies (that I’m aware of) so no pupils here though I daresay if they had irises they would be green like the rest of them.