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There’s tiny stuff down there

I was outside pouting about something the other day and somehow, out of the corner of my eye, spotted movement.  I rose from my self-pity to discover a swarm(?) of newly hatched praying mantises (mantii?).  I suppose they were newly hatched though I didn’t see still-attached umbilical cords or anything.  Anyhow, they were itty-bitty and there were tons of them.

Baby praying mantis

We have miserable English ivy at our place and though I hate the stuff, I was delighted by its greenness which is the only way I could have seen the little critters.  They scampered as well as any baby 6-legged creature could scamper.  I guess they liked being in the sun though mostly they stayed hidden.  It was awesome!

05_28_2013 004a Baby praying mantis

I looked around some more and noticed some cool lady bugs though I couldn’t get a good pic to save my life.  I figure they were probably eating my baby mantii anyhow so I didn’t want to stick around for that show.    I moseyed over to the driveway and found a cool collection of ants.  I am not sure what ants do in their spare time but they were certainly busy doing it, whatever it was.  Ants can be sort of hypnotizing to watch, much like rushing water.  Does anyone else ever get the (sort of) urge to get closer and closer to running water?  Maybe it’s just me but I am drawn to water as if I being compelled to jump in.  Of course, that sort of water would end me so I am lucky to have some power over my compulsion…anyhow, ants…back to ants.  I took some video and they just make me want to stand and stare at them.  I suppose I could jump into them.  They are not nearly as dangerous as rushing water!

Ants video

My video isn’t great but I still love to watch the ants

I guess it was good to look down and see some small stuff.  It made my pouting go away.  That was small stuff too..