The praying mantis is real, but it is hungry enough to try to catch and eat the cursor. He had been in the house for four days – prowling for insects around the ceilings.
The sound effects accidently supplied by the dog next-door (no – mantises don’t bark).
The screen background is by the Bureau of Meterology.
The mantis was patient enough that we were able to set up lighting – as long as we kept moving the mouse.
(Notice how he keeps one foot on the top of the screen. Earlier he had tried to come down further, but skidded on the surface, and from then was more cautious).
No insects, cursors or mice were harmed in the making of this movie. The mantis was returned to the wild.
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