A cautionary tale

I am not going to go into any great detail because it is sort of, as they say, “a long story”. Basically:

  1. If you are going to rear insects in your dorm room, don’t put one egg case in a jar and leave the other one lying out on your desk. Probability says there’s a 50/50 chance as to which one will hatch first; Murphy’s law says the one on your desk absolutely, positively will hatch first.
  2. Baby praying mantids look like spiders and jump like grasshoppers.
  3. Each mantis egg case results in 50-200 mantids. All of which are now loose in the basement of Psi U.

In other news, if anyone has a fruit fly problem, let me know. I am dead serious.

18 thoughts on “A cautionary tale

  1. Anonymous

    At first I thought this story was amusing, but last night it gave me nightmares. The new knowledge that they eat meat probably means there will be more nightmares tonight.

  2. Anonymous

    At first I thought this story was amusing, but last night it gave me nightmares. The new knowledge that they eat meat probably means there will be more nightmares tonight.

  3. Anonymous

    In the absence of fruit flies (this being winter), they seem to like little bits of moist meat, and less salty is probably better.zack

  4. Anonymous

    In the absence of fruit flies (this being winter), they seem to like little bits of moist meat, and less salty is probably better.

    zack

  5. Anonymous

    They are going to start eating each other soon if you don’t do something: there is a scene very much like this in Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.

  6. Anonymous

    They are going to start eating each other soon if you don’t do something: there is a scene very much like this in Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.

  7. Anonymous

    you’re like hagrid with his pet spider ;) what if one grows to be GIANT??? maybe you could convince the frat to make mantid-catching a pledge task.- Ailish

  8. Anonymous

    you’re like hagrid with his pet spider ;) what if one grows to be GIANT??? maybe you could convince the frat to make mantid-catching a pledge task.

    – Ailish

  9. Yumin

    um, I don’t have a fruit fly problem, but I would love take one mantid off your hands :D.

  10. Yumin

    um, I don’t have a fruit fly problem, but I would love take one mantid off your hands :D.

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