Q
Hello there. I absolutely love your blog and I was wondering, didn't you post something about letting Penh back into a garden or something? But now shes back with you?
A

hello, and thank you!!
Hehehe, the garden thing was an April Fool’s joke :>


Penh is super fixated on my face. When ever I handle her, her eyes are always locked on my faaace.
I could be laying down, with my knees up as the highest point. I’d put her on my knees, but she’d keep her buggy stare on my face and as soon as she’s placed down on my knees she’d march back down my legs, travel across my torso, climb onto my chin, and stop only once she’s by my eyes. And then she’ll just sit there. I could probably nap and she’d *still* be there when I woke again. There’s something about my face that makes her think “I really wanna stand on that!”


And this isn’t just a once in a while incident. This is every time she sees my face! Even if she’s inside her terrarium and my face appears close enough to reach, she’ll saunter over (only to have her face standing plans foiled by the glass of her terrarium). I wonder what the deal is with that. What does she want from my face?? 


seandunkley:

sketchamagowza:

Critters in an Office 2

Typical work day for Mandy and I at the studio.

#fact

seandunkley:

sketchamagowza:

Critters in an Office 2

Typical work day for Mandy and I at the studio.


A small mantis with major yaoi syndrome



Penh politely movin’ in for some brograbs.


seandunkley:

cliobablio:

Sorry, Joe.

Raising awareness.  Make sure to adjust your food volume accordingly to offset this malicious clause in the marriage contract ; w;

shhhhh, shhhh sean.shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

seandunkley:

cliobablio:

Sorry, Joe.

Raising awareness.  Make sure to adjust your food volume accordingly to offset this malicious clause in the marriage contract ; w;

shhhhh, shhhh sean.
shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.


Meanwhile, I’m learning this shit like a four-year-old; right proper! 

Meanwhile, I’m learning this shit like a four-year-old; right proper! 


So Riem is a lot more weary/distracted than Penh is. Once you get her to finally catch her prey, if you even look at her funny, she’ll drop it (it’s SUCH A WASTE) and make a break for it. And so you’d have to try getting her to eat something else again later.

 Though today, she surprised me by snatching up her prey while she was sitting in my hand.

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Agh!!

jfc a house gecko dropped from the god damn ceiling while I was in the bathroom. Like, inches in front of me. And it just *plap*’d on the floor—like a serious belly flop. He scared the living shit out of me 8|
Once I shoved my heart back into my chest, I was seriously worried for the guy, it was a *long* drop, and he wasn’t moving. So I bent down to poke him and before I could make contact, he darted off to hide behind the toilet.


Sean suspects it was a botched assassination attempt. 


And since I video taped Penh, I figured I may as well capture Riem enjoying a meal as well. And here, I was actually able to film her hunting the prey item! She’s not as lightening fast as Penh is, but she’s still young—there’s time to improve ;]  Riem is also much smaller than Penh (Riem is actually about the size of the grasshopper Penh was eating in the previously posted video!!) and so her snack is a pygmy hooded grasshopper. A mini food item for a mini mantis.

Please note that this video is of a predator eating live prey. Mantids will not eat dead meat. If you are even a little bit uncomfortable with the idea of a live, wiggling critter being chowed down on, please, for the love of god, do not press play.


 Alright, so I got enough folks asking for a video of Penh eating, so here it is.
 I was literally a mere millisecond too late to catch her snatching up the prey item on camera. So a short video of her chomping down on it will have to suffice. The meal ticket she has here is a rice grasshopper, and it is about an inch long.

Please note that this video is of a predator eating live prey. Mantids will not eat dead meat. If you are even a little bit uncomfortable with the idea of a live, wiggling critter being chowed down on, please, for the love of god, do not press play.

Perhaps tomorrow I’ll counter act this video with another video of her simply navigating my hand, and looking cute.