He probably said grace before the meal.<quoted text>
Catcher, I was just in my garden watching a praying mantis eat a bee! The bee's legs were moving and struggling and doing everything in their power to push the mantis away - all to no effect. I was thinking "how strange for residual muscles to resist like that" but then noticed the mantis was eating the bee in reverse: thorax to head! Right up until only the head was left, the bee struggled the entire time! Hard not to feel sorry for the little guy and hard not to think it had an awareness of the universe around it.
But I'm quite happy to have the mantis in my yard - eats grasshoppers normally.
Do you have velvet ants in Japan? How about stick bugs? Velvet ants squeal when they are attacked. I'm not really sure if they are technically ants. I've never seen more than one at a time. I haven't seen a stick bug in years. They're obviously hard to find.