1 March 2012

Wine for mantises

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praying mantis

Local songsmith and scientist drew walky is moving up in the world. Where once he wanted silverfish he’s now after praying mantises, and is willing to pay for them with bottles of wine according to facebook.

Dear Everybody,

I need some praying mantises so that I can collect some of their egg-cases and shine X-rays at them and do SCIENCE. Mostly I am after female false garden mantises like the one pictured but I will take any mantis except very small juveniles, and in return for popping any mantis you see in a jar with a few sticks and letting me know when I can pick it up, you get a bottle of wine. That’s right people, wine. Unless you are a tiny child, in which case you do not get wine, because of apparently some archaic legal technicalities, but you probably get some sort of really fancy juice or something, which is also a possibility if you don’t like wine.

If you live in a city other than Canberra, you can still get free wine if you give me a praying mantis but the only thing is you have to give it to me by post and then I have to give you the wine by post, which is more complicated, but still doable.

I am not going to harm these mantises and when I am done they will be released into the wild.

Thanks in advance,
drew (0419712754)

[Photo courtesy wikipedia, by Donald Hobern, CC BY 2.0]

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TheDancingDjinn12:55 pm 23 Mar 12

i have one in my window – she lives in here… your not having her

poetix said :

Where do all these insects go during this rain, Drew? Do they just drown?

A few weeks ago, when it had been raining non stop in Canberra for a few days and everyone was building arks, I was standing next to a couple of very noisy pumps, in a wet paddock, in wet cloths, while wet rain fell on me, and a was distracted from my misery for a few minutes by a huge mantis, who, while obiously also unhappy with the weather, climbed up the person standing next to me, all the way to the top of their head. I tried to take a photo, but all I managed was to make my phone wet.

If I had known then that their was wine availible, I would have kept it.

Praying mantis is an anagram of my sangria pint. Which is a revolting idea.

Where do all these insects go during this rain, Drew? Do they just drown?

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