Praying With Mantids

mantis masks

KC Royals fans sport mantis masks

Baseball players are a superstitious lot. A praying mantis appeared at a KC Royals game at the beginning of August, a night when the Royals rallied to win and began a turnaround. The mantid hung out in the dugout and the team kept winning until the night the mantid had died: The Royals lost.

They have since acquired a female mantis that they keep in a cage, feeding it the crickets they catch on the field. Players who hit a home run or a clutch hit will kiss the cage for good luck. Not to let a good opportunity go to waste, the Royals now sell mantis finger puppets and mantis masks. Perhaps they will have a name change? The KC Mantids has a nice ring to it.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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