I found this 9 foot tall mammoth mantis near Second Time Around, a second hand store in Stoystown, while wandering around the back roads of southwestern Pennsylvania. So, I thought I'd snap a few pics of it for my photo collection of the odd and kitschy. Click the link below for the full gallery.
I particularly like the next two pics because they almost look like the giant mantis is hiding behind the bicycle statue, patiently waiting for an unsuspecting hiker, bicyclist, or motorist to pass by and become its next meal.
Below are some earlier photos that I was able to find that were taken of this big bug before its one antenna was broken.
I don't know who created this giant lawn ornament, so I have no idea what motivated him or her to sculpt this magnificent beast. He/she could have been an entomology enthusiast, a Praying Mantis aficionado, or a devoted fan of the 1957 big bug flick, The Deadly Mantis.
Update, 8/19/10: Today I had a chance to speak directly with the owner of Second Time Around, and she gave me plenty of additional information about the history behind this big bug. Stay tuned for "Attack of the Giant Lawn Ornament, Part 2: Revenge of Survivor", coming soon!