Bug-eyed Lizard Men Chameleon Skin With Mantis Head Sightings


Bicho Voador & Bicho Sugador
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This too-strange-to-be-true photo and story from Taiwan got me thinking about the connection with the 'Mantis-man' sighting in New Jersey (see below) “Invisible Mantis Creature” Photographed by Police Officer Sparks Debate and the Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp with photos of footprints and newspaper clippings.


A UFO study group has caused a fair bit of ruckus in Taiwan’s press recently by releasing a photo they say shows a “cloaked alien being” captured at a high altitude mountain lake.

The Taiwan UFOlogy Society (TUFOS) came into possession of the photograph after it was snapped on an iPhone by Chen Yung-huang, a police officer enjoying a weekend hike at Jiaming Lake. After noticing the image contained something that didn’t look quite right, namely that there was a tall, half-invisible man-mantis creature lurking in the photo, he sent the picture off to Huang Chao-ming, the head of TUFOS, for an opinion. Huang then spent an entire year having photography, cellular technology, and image forensics experts check the photo out. So far, no one has been able to come to a conclusive explanation for the strange creature, with guesses ranging everywhere from faulty flash memory to invaders from outer space.

Chien Jung-ta, one of the photo experts consulted about the image doesn’t believe it has been edited in any way, pointing out the double exposure lines around the “alien”, indicating the phone was probably in motion when the photo was taken. This means that something was indeed standing on the mountain’s ridge.. the question is just who.. or what?


'Praying Mantis Man' Sighting - Musconetcong River, Hackettstown, NJ

Fly fishing on the Musconetcong River in New Jersey with my boss, I saw briefly what I could only describe as "a Praying Mantis Man".

Although the water was clear, there had been heavy rains the past couple of days. We should not have been out there; the river was "smooth" but the current was exceptionally strong. I was leaning backwards and digging my heels into the the gravel but the river was still kicking me along pretty good. Sketchy navigating.

Please know, I am "privy to the paranormal" and always have been. Shadow people, ghosts, whatever. But what I encountered that day was not Spirit. It was a "biological", living creature. But it disappeared into thin air almost as soon as I saw it.

For whatever reason, my searches at the time turned up nothing. But then by chance I came across an 'Alien Race' type video on Youtube and there in the artwork I saw what I saw: "Ancient Mantis Leaders". So when I began searching "Mantis Alien" instead of "Praying Mantis Man", I found a lot more.

They say they are "Inter-dimensional", whatever that means, but I did not get that impression. No, this creature was cloaked and because of both my innate sensory perception skills and the particular physical circumstances at the time, (important), --I can add details if you are interested-- I just "Caught it". Movement out of the corner of my eye to my left and there it was---

Humanoid. Tall. 6 foot at least --no reference points-- but I sense 6'6" - 7'. Moving away from me back up the bank. (I am chest-high in the river) The first thing I see was the 'grasshopper' thigh, but bending forward like a human. Then the whole form. He is looking at me over his shoulder, moving up the bank, astonished, amazed. What, that I am in the water in a strong current, that I can see him? But yes we lock eyes and this creature is astonished-- I get the sense that he can't believe I am in the water, that he can't believe I have seen him, that I am not perturbed at all-- something of all three, I still don't know-- just astonishment and he is actually trying to get away from me and the water!

Triangular Head. Huge, slanted black eyes. Just like a Praying Mantis. It's whole body was gangly, nobby, ((Nobby!) but you could still sense it was powerful, and no-- I would not say it was a "Big Bug"-- it was definitely humanoid despite the mantis/insect qualities...

No, I did not tell my boss about this, who was in the water too about fifty yards behind me at the time. Being "privy to the paranormal" you just see these things and sort of go "okay". No fear, no nothing-- but I do get the sense that my "whatever" attitude contributed to this creature's astonishment. Frankly, I didn't give the encounter much though until recently.


This took place in Hackettstown, NJ. The stretch of the Musconetcong River here is unusual in that it's west bank borders Rt. 46, (a local highway, congested with lots of stores) but the east bank where we were fishing borders fields and farmlands.

No bank to speak of on the developed side, but the sloping bank on the rural side was high (ten feet?) A strip of trees about 10 - 20 yards thick separated the river from the fields beyond, but there was the occasional gap/path, each about 20 yards wide that allowed clear access to the river.

Like I mentioned, the weather had been bad the previous several days, and the sky was white and heavy. It was mid-afternoon.

When I saw The Mantis Man, it was in one of these gaps, moving back up the bank towards the fields, looking back at me over its left shoulder. About 15 - 20 yards away.

So understand that it was several feet above me (I looked up at it) and framed clearly against that blank/white sky. Like a full ghost apparition, it was indeed clear but nevertheless nearly transparent and fading fast. Then it "evaporated" mid-stride.

Again, I stress the strong impression that The Mantis Man was cloaked and I "caught it" just right; it abruptly found itself against a "new"/blank background and was adjusting quickly. No, I do not believe it "slipped" into another dimension/plane.

I detected movement and first saw that strong left thigh, (and strong right calf) then the whole thing and immediately those eyes/face. The whole encounter was only a couple of seconds. I can not tell you with any strong certainty what its feet or hands looked like --I wasn't looking there-- but I can tell you that its arms were "normal", and not the literal Mantis forelegs I have recently seen in drawings of these "Aliens".


Another one from the NJ river:
I like a good story like anyone else, but my friend told me a story today that was so profound that I felt the need to share it with the rest of the town. This friend of mine who told me this story is a very successful businessman. Deep into our conversation today he started tearing up uncontrollably and told me he had something to get off his chest that had been eating at him for some time. I hope you're ready for this because I wasn't.

Apparently about a year ago my friend and his brother were down at Stephen's State Park fishing right around dusk. During this time, while his brother was roughly 50 yards downstream fishing, he said he felt this strange vibration in his right ear and from that he turned and looked to the right. When he turned and looked to the right he said he saw this 6 to 7 foot praying-mantis-looking-man... just standing there and unable to believe that he could see him. He said the creature was black and gray and to be quite honest, the way my buddy was telling me this story, I was having a tough time. I know he saw this thing... because I could see it in his face.

Anyhow, we Googled "Praying Mantis Man on Muscenetcong" right after that and it turns out my friend is not alone. I can't even emphasize enough how bad my friend was crying today over what he saw.

Coincidentally I just happen to run in to the teller of this story as I speak while out to dinner with my wife. I told him that I posted his tale on the local forum. After freaking out he saw how some people actually believe him. Now, when it comes to something like this I would never denigrate either of our credibility, but I just had him tell me the story again and if he's not telling the truth then he certainly believes he is.. needless to say and incidentally he's freaked me out all over again. He actually just admitted that he wet himself during these three brief seconds and he sat down in the water so his brother didn't think he ....his pants. I'm happy some you take this to heart because on the karma which I live by.. whether this guy saw this being or not he is telling the truth ... A truth he believes whole heartedly.
The top photo of the grey-cloaked mantis man is strange because the ground also has the same greyish layering. I can only think of a heavy vapor being secreted which stays close to the ground. It's bizarre, I know. I can't find the original photo which shows the panorama. If the grey extends all the way across the vista, then this wouldn't really fit the heavy vapor hypothesis.

Edit: just found the original, but it isn't conclusive. Thinking about it, it's just part of the camera movement and ghosting effect.

What do you think this is?

a) A Polar Bear in Red Square.
b) An Alien dressed as a Polar Bear in Red Square.
c) A man dressed as an Alien in Red Square.
d) A man dressed as a Polar Bear in Red Square.
Captain, Captain...these people aren't stupid or making things up. They know what they experienced. If it was just one isolated case, then I could forgive your insistence that the Taiwan photo is a fake. But the details just continue to add up. Notice the large paddle three fingers match with the large prints near a lizard man sighting:



P.S. I suspect that the green scales are in fact small pieces of insect chitin, which allows the more fluid movement of the humanoid joints. I don't think the 'lizard-man' is a lizard, but a giant insectoid. Perhaps a variant of the flying insectoids which have lost their wings and stay within the confines of large lakes, swamps and rivers. Perhaps they feed on the larvae of flying insectoids which lay their eggs in the silty waters.
I had a thought about the strangeness of the Taiwan photo. The insectoid is looking straight at the camera. If it can induce heightened brain activity in humans, then it can also affect the electrical functioning of the iphone that was used to take the picture.
OMG - I've just found a whole batch of encounters and sightings.

A Praying Mantis Experience

I woke up at about 2:30 in the morning to find a tall praying mantis looking being and a cloaked being by the side of my bed. I thought to myself "What crazy dream is this?" The cloaked being looked at me from beneath its hood, revealing its black skin, which appeared leathery and reflecting light much like a beetles skin. I shut my eyes, thinking this must be a realistic dream! But when I re-opened my eyes, the figures were unfortunately still there.

The cloaked figure looked up to the tall praying mantis type, as if it was confused as to what actions it should take next. The praying mantis turned its head towards the hooded one and made a series of high-pitched clicking sounds. I sensed this was the one in command, possibly the other was some kind of security guard. It's at this point I realized, I'm definitely not dreaming, I can hear them. I couldn't move but my brain went into a deep panic. "OH my god what is going on?" "What are they?" I don't want to look too closely at the mantis, so I just glance at it.

All I recall was that it was tall. At least 7 foot, it had to bend its neck because of the height of the ceiling. Its head was pointed with large eyes. Its for-arms were extremely long and moved in a jerky fashion. The cloaked figure was closer, crouching by my bed, so I couldn't tell how tall it was, but I could clearly see that it was wearing some kind of overlapping ridged amour? Including a metallic looking breastplate that had a series of circles on it. Its head was dome-like with emotionless facial features. Its eyes were large and surrounded again by detailed ridges. It acted in a way that reminded me of a robot or insect.

I remember thinking to myself, nobody's going to believe this! A bloody giant sized mantis and medieval-style dressed alien, what the hell is this? Before this incident, although I hadn't see one, I was familiar with the gray types but I had never heard of the praying-mantis types. At this point, the mantis bent its upper body, over my bed and directly above me. In its hand it was holding a long metal object that looked like a needle. A green light shot directly from the needle and into my right eye. Maybe it's a laser, I am not sure, but I do know it felt very painful. I could see all the veins from my eye, the same effect you get when an Optician checks your eyes. I screamed but no noise came out. I then felt something stick into my skull! I'm not sure what because by that time I had my eyes closed. I pretended to sleep and went into deep panic! My mind was racing at a million miles per hour. I heard a great whooshing sound and when I next reopened my eyes thankfully they had gone.

I lay shaking and confused for what seemed like hours and just couldn't return back to sleep. At no time did I feel like they cared about my health or me! They seem to have an insect cold type mentality. I really thought I was going to die. The next day I spent the whole day in bed and felt as if I had been through a major operation. It's very painful to recall and since this incident, I sometimes hear clicking sounds inside my head. I was in shock for a long while afterwards; I can say that this definitely happened, this definitely was real. I have no answers or conclusions but I think it's important to get real life accounts out there.

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Praying Mantis Account by J. - Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada, Summer 1970

I'm quite hesitant in relaying this message, but a certain event that happened to me several years ago ( summer 1970, in the Georgian Bay, Ontario region) should be told. Other than my immediate family and a couple of close friends, I've never told this story to anyone. First of all, I must mention that while this event took place during a self induced chemical high, it shouldn't be dismissed too quickly before hearing the facts.

I made the mistake of dropping acid then going to sleep only to wake around 2:30 - 3:30 AM. I'll skip to the part that I'm convinced was not a hallucination. After running wildly down the beach for what must have been an hour or so, I saw in the NW sky, five objects flying in a V formation towards the SE.

I had to tell myself that it was only a dream, but as the objects got closer I realized that what I was seeing was real. As the objects approached closer to me on the shoreline I felt the most amazing feeling that something or someone was trying to talk to me from them. At this exact moment a voice or presence spoke clear to me that "I was in danger". No exaggeration here, a creature seemed to appear before me as if it was hovering over me. It stood like 8 -9 feet tall and was exactly in appearance to what Jim G. and many other witnesses describe as a Praying Mantis with large oily eyes. While this entity spoke to me by thought alone, I felt oddly at ease with it rather than terrified, for it seemed genuinely concerned for me. It told me that I was dying of a drug overdose and that I should seek medical help. My mind was totally clear at this moment with no effects from the drug. I knew that the entity was telling the truth and I listened.

What happened next was incredible. The entity spread out its long insect arms and wrapped them around the back of my head, suddenly I felt a jab like a needle in the area of the brain called the medulla. It was like I never took the drug and was clear of thought and strong. I don't have any memories of what happened to the entity or the hovering objects

The next thing I knew I was running from the beach to the highway to hitch a ride to the hospital where I checked myself in to the emergency ward. In those days the hospitals knew very little about how to treat ACID OD's. I had my stomach pumped and remained there for three days.

My family and friends heard my story and dismissed it as "just another high", but what happened a short few weeks later has disturbed me since the event. People in the area where I lived began phoning in reports of strange lights appearing over Georgian Bay, flying in V formation. Perhaps a month or so later there was a report on the local radio of a secret underwater U.S. Military base based in the Georgian Bay off the shores of Meaford. An interesting note on this, is there is a Canadian military base in Meaford (Artillery). For a week or two this was the talk of the County with people calling in to the radio station for more info, but the story was never repeated on air and seemed to just fade away.

This event has stuck in my head as clear as the day it happened and as time goes on I hear similar stories being recounted by others.

Another event that perhaps surpassed this, is what I witnessed over a period of three days over the Shuswap four years ago. This time I wasn't alone and clear of mind, but that's another story.

Too Jim G..... It can be extremely worrisome to experience these kind of events and often we feel that nobody else seems to care or understand, but even if a hundred ufo's should land on Parliament Hill tomorrow, we all have to get up in the morning, feed our selves and carry on our daily routines.

I no longer fear the unknown and embrace the beauty of this universal plane. Should any of this be published in any manner I would appreciate anonymity and a heads-up to where I might view it.
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They call them skunk apes locally.
You are talking as though the police believe in the things.
In fact, they think it's a hoax.
People do this kind of think for a laugh.

Thanks for the link, which was quite interesting. The researcher is right in that hairy humanoids are also in the area of any large wilderness but they admit themselves that the green 'scaley' skin doesn't match. So called 'Lizard-men' don't exist, but giant insectoids which resemble lizards do. It's a far out concept even for seasoned bigfoot researchers.
OMG - I've just found a whole batch of encounters and sightings.
A Praying Mantis Experience
Some extra details are given which caught my attention:

I can't remember anything else from the main encounter other than when I first woke up they were doing something to my legs and that there must have been a light source for me to see so much detail, but from where it was emitting from I can't say, possibly the cloaked figure was holding a staff.

This is a common feature of the South American flying witch sightings. I suspect that this is a mating male/female pair, with the hooded female holding the long stick used for mating on, like many insects do.

Wow, I've just found an interesting encounter with these, which show that they share caves with bats which is fascinating. (Note to self - The Basingstoke Canal cave, home to bats, must be a likely site for them in the summer).

Cave Demon - real life mystery in Tora Bora, Afghanistan


This is the real life story of a mysterious demonic giant bat that resembled an eeriely looking female humanoid. This is not a movie or a prank. This was aired by Discovery Channel and Animal Planet.

On January 25, 2002, United States Marine Forces in Afghanistan experienced sonar interference coming from a cave near Tora Bora, which screwed up their sonar cave-mapping system.

Believing it to be a jamming device built by the Taliban or Al-Queda, three U.S marines, corporals Sawyer and Wade, and sergeant Carlos Ramos, investigated the cave, using helmet cameras to record their mission, which was to find the source of the interference and destroy it.

As they ventureed deeper into the cave, they discovered large amounts of bats and guano all over the cave.

Corporal Wade walked into a booby trap and fell into a lower section of the cave, breaking his back.

As he lies there, he spotted something flying past. The others found him and he seemed delirious, and muttered that what he saw looked "like a lady" (possibly a reference to how most batlike cryptids are known to have eerily feminine features).

One of the remaining Marines shouted excitedly that a woman might be down there and can help them, but the other dismissed it as a hallucination.

The remaining Marines quickly reached his position and decided to investigate the signal first which was close to their position.

As they reached the source of the signal, the signal disappeared and reappeared at Wade's position.

Wade was then heard firing off his M4 carbine and screaming in pain. The two Marines rushed to his position only to find him dead.

The two Marines left Wade's body to find the source of the signal interference. They came across "a whole nest of them", as described by one of the Marines and are attacked by an entire swarm of the creatures.

It destroyed their flashlights as they fired their weapons at the creatures. A rescue party was sent in after the booby trap caused the team to lose radio contact with the base camp.

However the rescue party only found Ramos limping away from the cave and with a rare case of rabies. He was sent home and reunited with his wife and kids.

It was theorized that the Marines' gunfire somehow killed or wounded the creatures as they left the sergeant to leave the cave alive.

The bodies of Wade and Sawyer were never recovered.

In the footage, there were louder than average bat screams when the Marines were attacked. Wade's helmet camera also showed him from behind, held down by a giant brownish winged creature. The cryptid appeared attacking the Marines again; this time, it seemed to be hanging from the ceiling.

Fatalities caused: Two. Wade was attacked, killed, and even partially decapitated by an unknown flying creature. Sawyer's death was unknown. It's possible that the creatures themselves were killed as well...!!!

The original footage of the Cave Demon can be found here : Lost Tapes Season 1 Episode 8 - Cave Demons

A post in the comments section:

I was in afganistan in 2006-2007 and saw something I have never been able to rationalize. I was on a route recon patrol in the northwest region of the country (cant exactl remember where I was at the time) we were in a convoy of 3 trucks and I was in the turret on the lead vehicle. It was nightime and I had my NODs on basically just looking for anything along this road that looked out of the ordinary. Well i certainly saw something other than ordinary when about 500 meters in front of me in the middle of this desert road was a creature hunched over. My first thought was that it was an enemy placing an IED so I told the driver to stop the vehicle as whatever it was hadnt seen us yet ( we drove blacked out at night so we could operate undetected) anyways I tell my Patrol leader what I see up ahead and he tells me that we are just gonna observe it from the high ground and see what it is doing. I guess I should explain that with night vision something at 500 yards doesnt exactly appear crystal clear so I dont really know what this thing was doing but this is where it gets weird. The creature stands up on two legs and appears to be much larger than a common human spreads a pair of massive wings and takes off in the other direction. I know this would be more exciting had I fought the beast or something like that but it displayed no hostility and to my knowledge never even knew we were there. I'm not gonna speculate on what it was exactly but the locals in the area had folklore and superstisions involving vampires.
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More Mantis Sleep Paralysis encounters:

Humanoid report 1999
Case# 103.
Location. Chicago, Illinois
Date: August 1999
Time: late night

A man visiting a friend's house and sleeping on the sofa in the bedroom suddenly woke up feeling very panicky and totally unable to move. Looking towards the front door he saw a huge humanoid figure over 7 ft tall standing by the door. The figure resembled a large "praying mantis" and was wearing something resembling a black and purple cloak. Its skin was dark gray in color. It slowly approached the witness and reached out to him with a large hand with long thin fingers and grabbed his shoulder. At this point the witness lost consciousness and does not recall anything else of the incident. He remembered also feeling very cold during the encounter.
Another one:

Dear Jim G., I had my first experience with mantis type beings when I was about 6 to 9 years old. My memory of the account was brought about by viewing a piece of artwork by M.C. Escher, which is basically a picture of a giant praying mantis on top of a coffin or sarcophagus of a pope (or some other religious fellow) in St. Peters (I believe, I could be mistaken). My experience was in our front lawn in broad daylight.

I will call it a memory due to its nature. The memory is of me as a boy lying on the ground near where our car was parked. On top of me was what I can only describe as a giant praying mantis. From my perspective I could see its face which seemed larger than my head, and below its head (i don't know if it was attached to the being or was a tool of some sort) was what appeared to be a green see through gourd (sort of like a green bubble) that had a green tube coming out of it which believe it or not was inserted into my solar plexus (the area above your stomach but below your rib cage. It felt like time had stopped or we were in between frames or something because this seemed to go on forever. I just remember thinking I can't breathe, then realizing I did not need to breathe (perhaps this apparatus was breathing for me), and just laying there staring into these bug eyes. This being did in fact resemble an actual praying mantis, not just the shape of it as you described in your experiences. Its eyes were giant green spheres on the side of his head and his pupils were little red dots. Well as a youngster I dismissed this as a dream due to the high level of strangeness. At this age I did spend countless hours in our backyard looking at the stars through my telescope. This incident was in the seventies in New Mexico. My first conscious ufo sighting was around 1990 or 1991 when I was 18 or 19 years old. Me and a friend were mountain biking next to a river in Albuquerque. We stopped to take a break and looking at the sky over the tree-line when we noticed a ball of light in the sky over the trees. My first thought was that it was a helicopter searching for an escaped convict or scientists conducting a nature study. The ball of light eventually went higher and started doing loop de loops, zig-zags, swirls, they would skip from one part of the sky to the next as if time is an illusion. Eventually it was joined by about 5 to 7 other balls of light all displaying the most amazing aerial acrobatics either of us had ever witnessed. This went on for who knows how long, until one of the balls kept getting closer and closer till eventually you could see it was a perfect sphere of light with no features or blinking lights on it. It was completely silent, no noise what so ever, as it descended upon us.

At about 50 feet above us as its coming down my friend exclaims "I am getting out of here". He jumped on his mountain bike and rode off, leaving me alternating my head from descending ball of light to friend leaving. I looked back and forth three or four times before I said "wait for me" or "me too" or something like that. I forgot this event for a year or two until I was shrooming one time and it all came back to me.
Another good one:

I read your website with great interest some time ago. I have long been suspect regarding alien claims. In addition, I'm a scientist, so, you know, a bit Cartesian.

On January, 2007, my life changed at around 2AM. Briefly, I heard a two-tone very loud digital sound, awoke, thinking there were children outside being loud. I awoke and found a large creature next to my bedroom window and bed. It looked to me like a cricket, of course, like a praying mantis, by your description. I had an odd calm feeling of recognition, I told it, oddly, "it's about time you're here." I then "saw" some sort of craft, two disks rotating around each other, it gave a clear impression of orange, yellow and red, radiation and glowing, rotating around a common axis. Over an hour and a half passed by the time I looked at my clock again.

I am including computer images I created, I don't pretend to be a computer artist. When I saw your website (Jim G's Praying Mantis accounts), I felt sick.

Th detail of the 'medallion' like image on the chest area again, three time now

Now that I have explained how I accidentally came across your website I shall tell you my story as best as I can...

It started when I was a teenager and went on until my early thirties. I would wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to move. It was terrifying and I would try to scream but nothing would come out. Sometimes I would see a bright round light across the room and I always felt like it was trying to drain the energy/life out of me. Sometimes I felt a heavy pressure on me and a couple of times I even thought I could feel someone next to me on the bed. Once I saw a figure in black who I just felt was evil, standing next to my bed and it also felt like he was trying to drain the energy/life out of me. Sometimes I didn't see anything at all but I was paralysed and terrified but could never scream. It was like my throat was paralysed too. And one time I woke up to see a large praying mantis type creature sitting in a chair looking at me and there was a small hooded/cloaked figure next to him. I can't tell you much about the smaller figure because I didn't pay that much attention to it. I was more terrified of the larger creature and It had my full attention. And one thing I do have memory of is noticing a large gold medallion on its chest area. I know also that it was very tall even though it was sitting on a chair. I think it was wearing some kind of cape around its shoulders. I do remember also feeling like it was studying me with indifference, if that makes any sense. Like it didn't seem to care that I was looking back at it, or that I was terrified. More like I was just an object in front of it that it was looking at. I have never gone into this much detail about it before, but these are the main things that stand out in my memory.
Here's a link with some interesting details ET Type - Praying Mantis, Insect-like


I came face to face (about 20 yards) with 2 grey creatures in blue jump suits, about 5 ft. tall with big insect looking heads, pointy faces, big eyes, thin arms, body and legs. I immediately thought "they're not little green men*, they're grasshopper people".

*(before this, all I knew about aliens was that they were supposed to be little green men.)

At that same instant, the one on the left raised his left hand to his waist, which held some type of flashlight device and I saw a bright flash of light come from it.

I instantly felt paralyzed and was convinced time had stopped, everything was black, no sound. I tried to yell "No!" but all that came out was a distorted grunt.

Indications of the chest 'medallion' imv, making the subject look towards it.
Another case:

The small creature resembles an insect, something like a praying mantis. The room is very cold and has a very bad odor. The being with the rod is further described as about 4 ft tall, with four fingers that he wiggled slowly. He had antennae as well as a beak-like protrusion on his face. The bed in which she was lying on was low and close to the floor. The room was described as curved and platinum in color but with a greenish light that came from the walls, ceiling and floor. She did not remember being hurt by the being.
A fantastic wood carving from 1935 which says it all.

M.C. Escher
Dream (Mantis Religiosa)

Wood engraving
13 x 10 in.
Gift of Eric F. Menke, 1979

This M.C. Escher engraving was given to Georgetown by architect Eric Menke, who purchased it at the artist’s first American exhibition (at the Whyte Gallery in Washington, D.C.) It is the first print Escher sold in the United States.