I couldn’t resist taking a break from the drudgery of packing to wish all Gourmay mothers: Happy Mother’s Day! I am surprised that one of our most popular Mother’s Day cards at Therese Saint Clair carries an image of an insect next to the following quote: ”Eating her young meant fewer Mother’s Day cards to open.”
Personally, I think the designer of this card got it wrong since the image looks like a female Preying Mantis, which as most everyone knows eats the head of her male partner while mating. Apparently, cannibalism is quite common among insects. In fact, eating your young might be a good idea to prevent them from becoming teenagers. (Langston: I jest, please don’t report me to Governor Perry)
Now the Burying Beetle is also a nasty piece of work as reported by National Geographic. In fact, there are quite a few animal mothers that are not particularly adept at raising their children.
In any event, I do not intend to dwell on all the negativity that we face each day. I would just like to say to every mother:
Thanks for putting up with us Mom, you deserve a medal!