Green-Eyed Monster? Hardly!

Annika M.: “We just relocated from Florida to Panama. It’s great down here…besides the smouldering humidity, mosquitoes the size of canaries, and sugar ants. Recently, I made breakfast for my guy, and picked a flower in the backyard to put on the tray. Lo and behold, I noticed the ‘stem’ moving and screamed like a banshee, running off thinking the flower somehow had come to life.”


“When I came back to see what it really was, I saw a mantis peeking out from under a petal, looking at me like, ‘Why did you wake me up?‘”


“He was very curious and gentle. After the photos, I took him back out to find a new flower-home.”

(*Tried and tried to fit VH’s ‘Panama’ in somewhere- could NOT make it work. RRR. -B.)



  1. Bah, easy.
    Panamantis 🙂

  2. Blue Footed Booby says:

    I love how mantises keep their eyes on you as you move around. You can see them peering. Jumping spiders do the same thing, in addition to being similarly brutal, remorseless killing machines only adorable because they’re tiny.

  3. All hail Zorak!

  4. I bet they are glad he’s not a one-eyed, one-horned, flying, purple people eater

    Just a flower eater

  5. I just love how he’s peeking around the flower, probably laughing at all the commotion he’s caused. 🙂

  6. WIN! 😀 😀 😀

    Geez, that’s a nice breakfast tray….next time I am in the Mod Lounge will there be a nice tray like that there?

  7. Pantis?

  8. “*Tried and tried to fit VH’s ‘Panama’ in somewhere- could NOT make it work. RRR. -B.”

    That’s because the lyrics of the chorus are basically “Panama, Panama-a-a-a-a-a, Panama.” Nothing to work with, really.

    You still got the earworm in, though! LOL. 🙂

  9. Smartypants says:

    Yes, love the peekaboo shot!

  10. Technically, the flower *was* alive….

  11. Yup. Screaming cuz of a poor, innocent Mantis just being a Mantis. Been there, lol!

  12. Martha in Washington says:

    Not always tiny! When I was a kid in Kentucky, we had some mantises that were 6 inches long!! Always scared the bejeepers outta me! (And still do!) So I absolutely do not blame Annika for screaming and running away!!

  13. Only for the 7:00 AM recumbent happy hour.