|Assassin bug (Photo credit: Gerry Dincher)|
|Miniature Praying Mantis, 1" long|
There are many mini-bugs, however, that I can enjoy watching. Take a look at this mini-Mantis to the left, no more than an inch long. To a fellow insect, smaller than he is, I'm sure he's just as terrifying a sight as his big green brothers. I hope he's grabbing a few skeeters for lunch today.
|Fly from the Pleistocene|
|If looks could kill, they wouldn't have to sting|
Every year, a bit before rainy season starts, they send out the "engineers" to scout out a place on the north side of our house for their massive nest, usually on the roof fascia. This year they decided to lower their sights, literally, and make the nest on one of our patio posts. Sorry, guys, but that plan was doomed from the start.
They are docile enough, while they are building their nest. I took that photo standing less than a foot away from them, no worries. Once the nest is done, they guard it ferociously. A fact true of many wasps or bees in Costa Rica. I admit to a good deal of admiration for their skill and dedication. If there is only one survivor, it will continue to work on the nest. My admiration generates some guilt when I have to off them, but it's got to be done. If I could suck them up and relocate them I would. May they enjoy their time in wasp heaven.