Lost


Here sub-adult mantises are placed into purposefully plastic and unnatural-looking environments. In these environments the mantises begin to search for a place within which they can disguise themselves as a leaf, a twig, grass, or flower. They become restless as they explore and then become lost in the artificial space. Mimicry is a loss of identity, a diminution of the distinction between other and self. By forcing them into environments in which their mimicry is impossible their sense of self becomes acute. They become an individual and not just an insect automaton. They have left this world for another. When a young mantis matures she grows her wings to fly away.