When you’re truly on it like a bonnet.
While cars generally do not do well against insane swarms of insects, when it’s one-on-one it’s a little different story, one that generally ends in tragedy for the insect involved.
Recently, however, one sly bug – a praying mantis to be exact – in Japan managed to hitch a ride on the hood of a car and proceeded to give his personal chauffeur some entertainment in the form of a little dance.
The driver, who goes by @gelmanes on Twitter, uploaded the video he took of the silly encounter onto YouTube channel and his Twitter account, which users proceeded to share over 54,000 times like over 90,000.
▼ “Went for a drive with a mantis who was really into it. He (?) stayed on the hood the whole time.”
ノリのいいカマキリとドライブしました。 彼？はボンネットにずっといました。 https://t.co/AM97yJ0UX7—
笹森 樹 (@gelmanes) July 25, 2017
We suspect this isn’t the first time this green guy has hitched a ride, as he looks like quite the car-surfing expert perched on the hood of @gelmanes’ car. He even looks back a couple of times during the ride as if to say, “You watching this?”
Even though near the end of the video the praying mantis starts walking away, @gelmanes says the hitchhiker stayed with him for about an hour. He also assures viewers that this is not CG animated, and also provided a drawing to detail how he didn’t (completely) have his hands full while driving:
▼ The grey line is the dashboard, the diagonal blue line is the windshield, and the green mark is his smartphone wedged between them.
笹森 樹 (@gelmanes) July 26, 2017
We may never know where our grooving mantis’ adventures led him, but his little boogey will live on on the Internet.
Featured image: Twitter/@gelmanes