I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords:
“In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, I found myself enmeshed in ufology, working as a licensed hypnotherapist with allegedly alien abductees. During this time, I made a telepathic connection with an entity, a tall gray insectoid looking alien, who said his name was Solux, and came from the other side of the sun. He resembles the description of the praying mantis aliens, allegedly more evolved, very tall and keeper of knowledge.”
Gosh, where to begin? I guess I wouldn’t assume that mantis aliens were all that friendly, but apparently his experience is different. He also has a special crystal that the mantis-alien appears in–check out the link above for some amusement.
A whole lot of people seem to come in contact with mantis aliens, enough that they are considered a specific type. They even got a mention in Demon-Haunted World.
There’s an interesting account from the late 90’s that documents the rise of the mantis alien type, and its occurrence in several abductee accounts. I recommend it.
I think the point Kottmeyer makes about the link between the rumors of sexual cannibalism and mantids’ predatory nature is probably spot on. Aliens (well, their human prey, anyway) seem obsessed with body orifices, and this would certainly fit the pattern.
The head of the mantis also does resemble the classic shape reported by alien-sighters, and if I could put my hands on it, there’s a great paper somewhere that discusses why insects are so often chosen as monsters in movies.
I’d also love for someone to scan me a copy of this:
Kottmeyer, Martin, “Bugs Baroque,” Ufo Magazine, 12, #4, July/August 1997, pp. 20-4.
Oddly enough, my university library doesn’t have UFO Magazine. Go figure.