The Praying Mantis by Ogden Nash
‘From whence arrived the praying mantis?
From outer space, or lost Atlantis?
Glimpse the grim, green metal mug
that masks the pseudo-saintly bug.
And faintly whisper, Lord deliver us!’
‘Martian’ from BBC’s 1958 Quatermass and the Pit
Sphodromantis viridis African or Bush Mantis (the Star and Best Supporting Actor)
. . with over 2400 species spread around the world’s temperate and tropical regions these creatures have to be regarded as pretty successful having shown up in fossils from as long ago as the Cretaceous Period (145 million years ago). Their closest relatives (believe it or not) are termites and cockroaches! Good company to be in if you want to survive into an uncertain future. They have featured as the ‘baddies’ in one form or another in all sorts of B Movies and Horror Films (my personal favorite BBC’s Quatermass and the Pit) and it’s hard to understand why.
J and I are off to Tuscany for a week in a few days and who knows if there will be an e-lifeline, so, to keep you entertained I proudly present . . .
Filmed on location in our garden a couple of days ago.
Alan Fenn, Okçular Köyü