KEEPING SPECIMENS ALIVE
Although many might initially experience a sense of dread when first considering the cultivation of an alientomological specimen, it is in fact rather simple and pleasurable to witness the miracle of these beings going about their daily labours.

Phasmids and mantids are commonly available on this planet, and are therefore of primary interest to the Practical Alientomologist. Of secondary import are those delicate species which are better viewed in the wild than in the home, such as the morphos buterflies, the grey aliens, and Mayan Gods.

Peacful and large, the phasmids (commonly called "walking sticks" among the unschooled) are the choice of those for whom the sight of grisly stalking and devouring of prey by the mantids would be non-optimal. Although the mantid is a recurring motif in the collective unconscious -- manifesting in such widely divergent arenas as nonwestern representational art and the writings of Terence McKenna -- the phasmids are increasingly popular in the homes of fashionable alientomologists the world over. Keep in mind that the mantids will certainly devour the phasmids if housed

Above Heteropteryx dilatata

together, and due to the spiny thorns on certain phasmids, it may not be a simple victory for the predators.

For the thrifty, the minimal investment demanded by these creatures is justly compensated by their sheer weirdness.