Collateral Damage

In Sydney’s Inner West, the Cockroach is King. Every householder wages Continuous War against the Small Brown Beast.

We try to stick with conventional weapons — physical force, hunting, stalking, persuasion and satire. But sometimes that isn’t enough.

An innocent preying mantis is killed in the Endless Cockroach War

Australia led the diplomatic battle against chemical weapons globally. But we just love them in the kitchen. Bioallethrin, Imiprothrin, Cypermethrin, Biorespethrin — the sort of thing which, if possessed by the likes of Saddam Hussein, would trigger another Gulf War.

And so the noble and innocent mantis, our ally in the great struggle against the Small Brown Beast, makes the mistake of walking where the chemicals lie in silence. And he dies a lingering death.

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  1. mpesce’s avatar

    Vale noble Mantis!

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