Thursday I took MiniWarrior to his favorite restaurant, IHOP. Why is it his favorite restaurant you ask?
Because along side the building there are bushes that grasshoppers like.
Mm Hmm...grasshoppers--IHOP--We giggle at the irony of that, often. :D
So as I was saying...we went to IHOP with bug catcher in hand and after much crawling and kicking of bushes we captured 4 new grasshoppers for MiniWarriors Habitat.
MiniWarrior was estatic. We hunkered over his habitat and carefully guided (thunked,wedged, flicked...) the grasshoppers through the small opening and into the Habitat.
We added some leaves from the IHOP bushes and lay on our tummy's watching the grasshoppers hop around inside the Habitat. The one legged grasshopper that had been in the Habitat for about 2 weeks, promptly started scarfing on the fresh leaves.
The Preying Mantis, which had been in the Habitat for the past month was suddenly very active. Climbing leaves, turning his head left and right watching all the new activity.
"Mom, what do Preying Mantis' eat?" MiniWarrior asked, tapping at the side of the Habitat to watch a grasshopper jump.
"Hmm. I think leaves and flies." I answered, naively.
I grew tired of laying on the floor watching the grasshoppers jump around in the Habitat and headed downstairs.
I was in mid game, hacking bad dudes on level 6 of Frumps Misfortune: Dungeon Runners, when I heard MiniWarrior scream and begin banging things upstairs.
I paused my game and lumbered back upstairs to see what the hubbub was about.
"He's eating my grasshopper!" MiniWarrior sobbed, pointing an accusatory finger at his Habitat.
"The Preying Mantis is eating my grasshopper!"
"No. Really? Maybe he's just hugging him?
"NO! He's eating him! Make him stop!"
I hunkered down and peered into the Habitat.
Mr. Mantis was laying on his side in the leaves and had his arms wrapped around a flayling upside down grasshopper...and was happily noshing on his head.
"Ewwwww! He is eating him!"
"M...m...make him stop!"
"I can't, Hun. He's obviously been starving in your Habitat and needs to eat."
"Yes but not my grasshopper!"
"Well...apparently Preying Mantis' eat grasshoppers."
I spent the next hour explaining to MiniWarrior about nature and how things worked.
He calmed down once he understood that the Preying Mantis would get bigger and even more gruesome if we allowed him to eat a grasshopper now and then...
The little boy "ew=cool" gene kicked in and all was well in the bug infested household.
I'm (still) totally creeped out over that creature happily munching on the twitching grasshoppers head...
But MiniWarriors happy.
6 years ago