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Praying mantis eats a hoverfly alive (credit: Hemant Bhagat)

Praying mantis eats a hoverfly alive (credit: Hemant Bhagat)

PrudentDuty6815

I once saw a similar thing happen with a grasshopper where the mantis ate ass first. Very brutal and they take their sweet time.


guerroconpollo

I once walked into my parent's room in the middle of the night as a child and saw the same thing. Very brutal indeed.


bygtopp

Mom just noshin’ on dads asshole while he is knees down ass up and hands gripping the sheets like Scrooge mcduck grabbing gold. Room smelled like KY, old cabbage and sweat


Chicken_Hairs

What a terrible day to be literate


glimmering_testicles

Dear Sir or Madam, I dare say to you, boo, to both yourself and your comment. I verily enjoyed the imagery depicted by our cherished fellow, Mr. bygtopp. I find the conventionality of your aforementioned remark offensive and out right repugnant. Good day!


Chicken_Hairs

Upvoted just for using "repugnant", one of my favorite words.


sinocarD44

He said good day, sir.


Tollivir

😂


DemonicSally

Your...your username is "glimmering testicles" and you are talking about remarks being repugnant? Excuse me while I laugh hysterically


ChuCHuPALX

What's so repugnant about glimmering testicles?


IamJacksTrollAccount

Indubitably.


inteprid007

Acknowledged dear sir


sumquy

username checks out


ShawnShipsCars

Dear God why was I taught how to read...


MakeWay4Doodles

/r/yourjokebutworse


mal3ko

This is Reddit. Everyday is a bad day.


johnzischeme

But your comment redeemed the whole thing! Thanks, literacy!


workinwoody

I need to save that response


Oraukk

You should. That’s how they came up with it. It’s been a popular response lately on reddit


smellsfishie

My God that's descriptive, I can taste your comment.


Vysair

With that amounts of talent, he could write off a novel but dear god I hope it's an not erotic novel with this kind of kink again.


Haughty_Derision

Considering how we went from a David Attenborough nature show to this, let's not sign a book deal yet.


Emis816

Tastes like a penny


TuckerCarlsonsOhface

Congrats on earning your red wings!


ISAMU13

Don't give beautiful stuff like this away. Sell your craft on Upwork or Fivver you erotic poet.


Default1355

Where's your award


AggressiveYou2

Wtf


FeyneKing

I don’t want to have eyes anymore.


righteousdude32

Yo…old cabbage???? Lol 😂


Iamvanno

You really know how to paint a picture.


BenTCinco

Pics or it didn’t happen


orthopod

You should write children's stories.


blogorg

Humanity was blessed with the gift of language with which to hew our thoughts from the amorphous ether, and this is what you do with it?


Silent_Glass

Yo it smells bad in here


Flashy-Spare-1426

How do i delete someone else's comment ?


Spikey-Bubba

I wonder what Kentucky did to provoke this kind of abuse.


Vysair

Dont tell me they wore diapers as well?


Greenhouse_b0y

Wheres your award


Defstern

Here, your award


Greenhouse_b0y

There an award


Capnris

Everywhere an award, award.


LegalizeFreedom21

Angry upvote?


HerbalTeaSimping

But did they take their sweet time?


AhmedSwift

omfg


lLiterallyEatAss

We're sorry you had to see that


sith10rd94

r/holup


NJ_Tal

The whole being eaten alive thing just sucks. I've seen several of these videos with Grasshoppers and assorted bugs, I've even seen it with snakes, frogs and mice and it's like they all just sit there like "yup... I'm getting eaten." Side note, many scavengers start at "the bottom" of a carcass as that's where the most rapid decay begins. I love when a fox or a coyote is munching on a deer carcass and I get to point out to someone "hey look he's eating some ass"


BigScenarios

Bugs seem to live a life of constant hunger interrupted by pure horror.


MrNobody_0

Just like me as a child...


MoonChainer

Mood


go_green_team

The most delicate of cuts


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sonickarma

Very sweet and they take their brutal time.


Atomic254

i think just an unlucky position, usually mantises will try to catch prey in such a way that will allow it to go for the head/neck first to stop the struggling.


EndVry

I remember when I was 10 years old and I saw a cicada dragging itself across the ground. I say dragging because I immediately noticed that it only had three legs at the front. I flipped it over and the entire bottom of its abdomen was completely missing and it was basically hollow and filled with ants.


Redjay12

tbf there isn’t a humane way to kill a lot of bugs because rather than having actual brains in their heads they have clusters of nerves spread along their whole bodies, as in if head severed would still be alive


iRox24

I mean, would anyone here even prefer to get eaten head first instead of ass first?!


coldvault

The one in this video looks to be chomping along at a decent pace, actually. I certainly couldn't eat something larger than my head that quickly.


LordStoneBalls

You can see the food slowly going down the mantis thorax


eChelicerae

I wonder how many people have actually used this gif to imply a sexual gesture. 😂


Dredgen_q8

Go to horny jail… *bonk*


Phantom_Pain_Sux

Straight to jail


DocMock

Right away


Phantom_Pain_Sux

Undercook fish... believe it or not, jail


DocMock

Overcook fish, also jail


OliveJuiceUTwo

Undercook/overcook


Karnbot13

No trial, no nothing


SpaceyMcJew

i am going to shoot you


RainbowReadee

We’ve moved on from the “birds and the bees” to the “mantis and the bees”.


Difficult_Chemist_33

Or mantis and bird or mantis and mantis...


MakeWay4Doodles

Oh I love it, the world is getting more diverse and inclusive.


-Listening

What if they are wasps or bees


IveBangedYoreMom

Me and OPs mom


peppaz

eatin that ass like groceries


Chara1979

One of the recurring jokes on Bojack Horseman was a female praying mantis in the background who would flirt with guys by doing stuff like salting their head.


Barbarosa61

All of them... I didnt even open the other post for this reason... not sure why I ended up on this one... 3 comments down and there is is


InsomniacHitman

Thanks for the idea 👍


Balzamik35

Weirder thing is praying mantis is on the cameraman's finger


LeTigron

The mantis' gotta eat somewhere !


whookid1209

I can't believe I didn't notice that until you pointed it out.


orthopod

Bold or vanilla of you to assume it's his finger....


PussSlurpee

How badly would it hurt if the mantis started to gnaw on your finger?


Balzamik35

If you ever try please record it for this subreddit.


Tidespider

there’s a video here of a praying mantis eating someone’s nipple if you wanna see


LizzyKitten

You can't make that sort of statement and not provide a source..


cortesoft

I am really glad they didn’t listen to you.


JROBrien34

I do?


2derpywolves

So I once picked up a mantis to move it because it was chilling right on some stairs, and it decided to just pinch my hand nonstop with both of it's pincers the whole time I worked on relocating it. It didn't hurt at all really, tiny pinches, almost like a tickle. Though a bigger mantis might hurt more? I live where bugs don't get so big, because the air sometimes hurts your face.


px1azzz

My friend once has a mantis break skin. He said it hurt.


hax0rmax

There is a bug that only eats wart tissue. It's wild. Might be called a wart eater.


KingOfAllFishFuckers

Probably not the first time he's filmed ass being eaten


tactics14

Probably gave the mantis the fly for the purpose of making a video.


DisobedientNipple

I actually had praying mantises when I was a kid. From my experience, they won't bite you if you put them on your hand, they might just bat at you a bit with their little pincers which is, ngl, really adorable. Awesome pets. Gruesome, but awesome.


pissedcommonman

Today is some kind of mantis day or what......third or fourth mantis post lol.


Darujiboo

ikr SAVE IT FOR MANTIS MONDAYS PEOPLE


Reloaded9mm

It’s Just another mantis Monday. (Ooh-oh)


Thuryn

Great. Now I have that song stuck in my head. Thanks a lot.


Reloaded9mm

You’re welcome.


chethan237

This needs to be a thing


BigBlackBobbyB

I ain't complaining, they're fascinating little creepers


pipisheaven1

It’s the algorithm, we are all forced hive minds obliviously


OverflowEx

Don't care. Upvoted everyone of them.


jackwoww

The Mantis race is trying to ease us into their domination of the human race.


pabpab999

yeah it starting to feel like a sort of marketing for an animated movie where a mantis is the protagonist (disney?)


velociraptor__

Im just happy a mantis is not horse-sized


saberplane

I'm sure someone is working on it in some obscure lab somewhere.


unlimitedammo045

“GENTLEMEN… BEHOLD!” “Uhhh… this better not be corn again…” I can still hear his voice. RIP Martin Croker you magnificent bastard.


iLuv3M3

Holy crap that is depressing, I had no idea he passed. Behold the Rabbot!


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Phone Spiders are way better than No Call!


Songandsilence3

Those of you who volunteered to be injected with praying mantis DNA, I've got some good news and some bad news. Bad news is we're postponing those tests indefinitely. Good news is we've got a much better test for you: fighting an army of mantis men. Pick up a rifle and follow the yellow line on the floor. You'll know when the test starts.


dm80x86

I just love the Cave Johnson bits.


Dominator0211

Hell I would work on it if given the chance. I wanna ride into battle on my draft horse sized death mantis


Totalherenow

I saw a grasshopper walk onto the back of a mantis and begin crawling to its front. The mantis calmly reached up, took the grasshopper with its two arms, and had lunch.


beelseboob

Well, what about the ground breaking work that Dr. Krieger is doing for ISIS in our Applied Research Division? Yeh, tell him about the ass eating mantis horse! The what?


ocdscale

A 100kg praying mantis could probably take on the worlds strongest teenager, or maybe not.


QuarkyIndividual

This comment is weirdly specific yet noncommittal


Clubplatano

Baki Hanma. Son of the ogre


Clubplatano

Thanks, looked up and down the thread for this reference.


DylanFTW

If they were horse-sized then only Baki could defeat them.


TheDakoe

They are one of the only bugs I've ever had actively try to chase me down and attack me. They are one of the few I would be terrified of if they were larger.


OrdainedFury

He's eating this thing all casual, the same as me eating a hamburger or something, all while the fly writhes and dies a horrible death. Nature is something else, man


Sceptix

Ikr, you’d think it’d at least try to kill it first. Then again, maybe eating it this way keeps it fresh or something.


NameGiver0

Overthinking it. Have food in hands. Eat.


Sceptix

Yeah but I’d also be annoyed if the food in my hand was trying to squirm away.


Lumpy_Pay_9098

Mantises literally have a Kung Fu death grip. Hard for things to get out once they're caught.


lLiterallyEatAss

Squirm? Still in hand. Eat.


Masterdeetectiv

eating while alive is best time to eat as if you kill it first you're just wasting time


CaptSprinkls

Nature is fucking brutal. I'll never forget the video of a comodo dragon that I think stumbles upon a pregnant deer giving birth and just walks up and grabs the still alive baby deer and swallows it whole. I don't remember what else happens as I've blocked it from my brain, but god damn I just can't watch that shit.


Myamdane

Dear God that is awful


iRox24

Can it still live without ass?


SugarBabyWannabe

Brutal


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I don't know why but like...watching it desperately try to fly away and just being held in place make it even more brutal.


Sekkenren

There’s literally nothing it can do, it’s wings are too short and fragile as are it’s legs, it’s kinda sad


krayhayft

Doing God's work.


deviltrombone

God's work indeed. A green bottle fly got into my house last night, and that little piece of shit buzzed around without ever landing. I finally trapped it in a bedroom and sprayed it as it flew near the floor. It was pure happiness hearing a thud and the cessation of the buzzing. It took a couple minutes, but I found its shitty little fly corpse between bed and nightstand. The mantis got to eat, but I got pure satisfaction out of my kill.


essentialoils3

Yeah but have you seen a hoverfly? In my experience they are unlike any other kind flying insect. One of the most harmless thing I've ever encountered. They are like the insect version of a humming bird. Very cautious and fascinating little creatures. It always makes me happy to see one on occasion.


deviltrombone

Point taken, I shouldn't lump all flies together. lol


Ailerath

Probably the only fly that isnt annoying and disgusting and a genuinely peaceful insect to watch. They really like to land on fingers too.


essentialoils3

Exactly. I first discovered these when I was like 10 and I thought it was a bee but it was flying so strangely. Eventually it just landed on my finger and walked around for a few seconds before flying off. Ever since then I've always offered these things a finger to land. They very rarely refuse a finger. I also don't see them often, so of course they never get annoying.


Neon_Lights12

Oh god. As someone that keeps greenbottles around for feeders for my jumping spiders, it's a nightmare when one gets loose. They don't need to land like regular house flies do, they will fucking fly forever. An electric flyswatter is the best way to combat them, just press the button and swing wildly in their general direction until you hear the satisfying crackle of a shock going out. I will say it's incredibly satisfying to see my little guys hunt and grab the flies, they get their food and I get to watch the fuckers get caught lol.


deviltrombone

That sounds like a cool hobby. I love the little jumping spiders. I'll have to look into getting an electric fly swatter. "Swing wildly in their general direction" is right, except I sprayed wildly. Those things are extremely effective, elusive flyers. They just don't give you a chance to draw a bead on them, and the buzzing seemed to be coming from everywhere.


Neon_Lights12

If you live in the US, most all home improvement and big chain stores with outdoor sections have them. It's just powered off 2 AA batteries. I'm sure they'd be on Amazon as well, they look like tennis rackets. Yes, I love keeping jumping spiders! If you have any interest at all in keeping inverts, they're super low maintenance (one fly every 3ish days, mist one wall of the enclosure with water daily) and very fun, curious, and personable little things. They're super intelligent, the one that sits on my desk will get excited when I come home and start running around the side closest to my chair lol. If you can get over purposfully keeping insects in a container in your house (some people use small crickets, I find flies are easier to keep alive and aren't stinky, nasty critters like crickets) they're a fun if sadly short-lived pet to keep! I've caught a few wild and also purchased from a breeder, there are thousands of species all over the world that live in cities to woods, so they're easy to find!


Anonymity4meisgood

Not really. Hoverflies are great pollinators and their larvae are often predators of pests, or are food for fish and other things. In any case, both hoverflies and mantises are our friends.


warmpudgy

Pretty crazy the mantis even caught the hover fly. Those things are wicked fast.


Shughost7

Even insects eat ass. Have I failed as a human?


YandereObama

Yes


iRox24

Have we*


Firm-Stick6092

Just remember one rule. No ATM


yola45

That’s a kinky fella


P1NKxM1ST

Always eat the ass first


theNomadicHacker42

nom nom nom


Last-Donut

Do those things feel pain?


essentialoils3

I'd guess yes. I'm no expert, but I'd assume that pain is an extremely vital mechanism to evolution, so I'd think it's a nearly universal thing. Also it clearly doesn't look like it's having a good time


A_Rampaging_Hobo

Most bugs are only alive for like a couple weeks so it's not like they really need pain. We learn what to not do from pain and that keeps us alive, but bugs don't have that opportunity. I'm pretty sure most insects can't feel pain


MasterFrost01

Nobody can say what they're subjectively feeling but they definitely feel something. They don't feel pain in the same way we do at the very least, you need nociceptors for that, which insects don't have. We're moving away from thinking of other species as having "primitive" nervous systems, they just have different nervous systems. We've all been around on this earth for the same time after all.


georgeplethon

> you need nociceptors for that, which insects don’t have. [So, about that](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nociceptor): > Nociception has been documented in non-mammalian animals, including fish[16] and a wide range of invertebrates, including leeches,[17] nematode worms,[18] sea slugs,[19] and larval fruit flies.[20] Although these neurons may have different pathways and relationships to the central nervous system than mammalian nociceptors, nociceptive neurons in non-mammals often fire in response to similar stimuli as mammals, such as high temperature (40 degrees C or more), low pH, capsaicin, and tissue damage.


MasterFrost01

Interesting, thank you. Discovery has obviously caught up since I went to school.


alfalfareignss

It’s been established that insects experience nociception. Which is essentially the central nervous system receiving signals from “noxious stimuli”. An example of this is when locusts writhe when sprayed with DDT. What scientists don’t now yet is if insects experience the emotional component of pain. There are a few applications for these studies but from what I’ve seen it’s mostly based on the ethics surrounding studies done on insects (testing pesticides, etc). Invertebrate nervous systems are complicated in that it’s small and consists of several distributed brains. Invertebrates do modify behavior when introduced to “pain” or negative stimuli, but is generally unknown whether they experience pain like you and me or really any other vertebrates. Sauce. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0003347216300513


TLored

So you asked 1 question and you got the whole spectrum as answers. 1 says most def 1 says maybe, feels something, just different 1 says some don't feel anything. Good luck, I guess your guess is as good =) Edit: grammar i suk


Last-Donut

Right lol


ivorystrawberry

some insects don't feel pain. maybe none of them do. i'm not 100%


PapaPKr

Gotta eat the booty like it's groceries


RandyThePandy

Wish my wife would do that to me


betterworld62

Kill you slowly and painfully while you squirm and scream? Ok man, whatever you're into.


ige77

Oh god yes pls


pawned79

“Choke on them!” - Hoverfly probably


TheLoneHussar

*zombie salute*


-malignant-

This could have been us but you played too much 😩


DoodleTM

Eatin dat azz.


iRox24

Beri funi


rdrunner_74

Thanks... What a nice guy ​ Can we get the mosquito sequel next? ​ Edit: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD3liYVkWfA&ab\_channel=PrayingMantisChannel](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD3liYVkWfA&ab_channel=PrayingMantisChannel)


essentialoils3

The only kind of fly I will gladly defend is a hoverfly. They're awesome. I have spoken.


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Scarethefish

I come to kick bubblegum and chew ass. And Im all outta gum.


Whitey3752

What a way to go, ass first.


Agent_47s_Scrotum

He's one of those booty eating freaks. Nice.


3_T_SCROAT

Mantis are brutal fucks. I fed one a cricket one time and she ate it ass first. Thing was still alive with 2/3 of its body gone, slowly eaten away bite by bite


TheeExMachina

"Tastes like Honey" the Praying Mantis says to itself, while devouring the Bee.


psystorm420

Not a bee


Ok_Performance78

Why always butt first with these fuckin things. Bugs are horrifying


Default1355

Yeah eating its face off would be a lot kinder


Atomic254

normally mantises do try to go head first to stop the struggling, i think this one just caught it at a bad angle and didnt want to risk adjusting.


sugarglidersam

preying mantises eat ass. now we know.


EdeliSimp2

That mantis getting more ass than you ever will


United_Bag_8179

Nice forearms, dude! Yah...now I'm going to eat your head.


ICFAOUNSFI

Ah yes, the casual infliction of agony. I hear that’s very common in Earth.


goldenmantella

Look up a certain nature doc clip of a hyena eating an elephant


Potential_Macaron973

I think mommy was doing this to daddy last night... will daddy by ok?


Dogfish666

That's hot


r1bb1tTheFrog

Terrifying


thisisjustbrilliant

Wow. Nature is brutal. My brain could not compute for a moment that absolutely nothing we humans eat is alive. What a mercy it must be, to be dead....


MasterFrost01

There are still animals that are eaten alive by humans, especially in Asia. There's a dish where a fish is descaled, degutted and deep fried with the head above the surface and served still alive to be chowed down on. I doubt it's a popular dish, but it exists. Soaking prawns in alcohol and eating them alive is another popular one. In the west oysters and some other shellfish are eaten alive, and there's a cheese that is eaten with live maggots in, but you're right it's uncommon everywhere.


thisisjustbrilliant

Whoa!! Thank you for the knowledge drop. These are all dishes I was unaware of...even living in the West!


Stroganoffbob34

Ass first


grass-snake-40

This is why it's *so* important to have a safe word.


pwn_plays_games

It’s just tickling it’s butthole.


dobadai

and this guy is letting it all go down on his finger


TheOfficialNotCraig

Mantis are the poster bug for zero fucks, man. I love the heartless little critters.


Undersito

As a great guy once said; "Butt-first eating does not look good on any species"