A praying mantis isn't all that exotic --- I had one on my back deck last night --- but these gave visitors a chance to see a real one after seeing a very wicked mantis in the 3-D movie we saw earlier in the tour. In the movie a mantis ate a beautiful butterfly --- up close and in 3-D --- so many visitors were heard hissing at this exhibit!
Frog or toad, again I don't know, but it was the most beautiful blue and black! I can't imagine what his natural habitat would look like. He was much larger than the green one, about a 3 inch body length.
Huh, yes, these are cockroaches of the rain forest type --- a huge pile of them! (Thank goodness for plexi-glass) But the next time you see a cockroach, keep in mind that these buggers were 4 - 6 inches long. eeeeeiiiiuuuuwww!
Next week I promise no cockroaches. But there just might be more butterflies in the future! For the holidays the Butterfly Palace is hosting thousands of the Paper Kite butterflies. They are white with black stripes (I posted photos of some earlier) and appear as snowflakes in the holiday-decorated pavilion. The exhibit is called White Flight. I can't wait to see it!
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P.S. Some information about the blue frog: In her comment Kath thought they are poisonous so I looked it up and yes, they certainly are. They are in the category of poison dart frogs and the poison is on their skin. I the information at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Apparently our pretty little yellow-green frog is also a poison dart frog, in fact it is the most poisonous!