AKA The Happy Mealworm: In which the Singer lab acquires the mantid of my dreams.
So our lab got this beautiful praying mantis, right? We’re pretty sure it’s a girl because she’s got such a giant belly (hopefully full of eggs).
After our lab meeting, we decide that we want to feed her. We drop two male tiger moths into her container, but they just sit on the bottom of the tupperware, completely stationary. Bored, we then drop in a mealworm.
Now, the mealworm is all wriggling around right next to the mantis, but she pays it no mind and instead chooses to groom herself. So the mealworm is just crawling all over until it reaches one of the moths.
And starts chewing on it.
The moth, understandably, freaks the fuck out and starts fluttering all over the place. Which makes the praying mantis take notice, and WHAP! It reaches out and snags it. At this point, my entire lab cheers.
Grad student: “Maybe it’s exuding something unpleasant?”
Professor Singer: “Like arrogance?”
Anyways, now you know what Wesleyan science students do on an off day.