The Worcester Line really bugged him today

Preying mantis on his leg

Roving UHub photographer Will Kilburn reports:

While I was listening to the Clash's "Police On My Back" on the Worcester Line, this little guy landed on my leg... and stayed there all the way to Beacon Hill, where I finally shook him loose at the little park in the back (couldn't bring him in to work - strict no-pets policy).

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I've only seen one mantis in

I've only seen one mantis in my life at a rest stop somewhere off 95 in CT. I must have spent 30 minutes just watching it. They are super cool critters (and HUGE).

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Are they still on the

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Are they still on the endangered list? As a kid I remember being told it was against the law to kill one (not that I would), also to pick lady slippers.

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They're not endangered.

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They're not endangered. They're not even native. There are two introduced species here in New England, the Praying Mantis from Europe and the Chinese Mantis. The one pictured is a Praying Mantis.

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So Will has helped spread an

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So Will has helped spread an invasive species. Better check his backpack for Asian Lonhorn Beetles.

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Yes, I'm running down the

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Yes, I'm running down the railway track.
Could you help me? Mantis on my leg.

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Being a good parent

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Did he have "the talk" with his little buddy about girls? I'd hate to send a young gentleman-mantis out there without one. ;) :)

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