Praying Mantis

by Camellia Staab August. 24, 2020 660 views

I came home to find this cute mantis sitting on the patio table and just enjoying the cool weather.

Since I have never had the opportunity to capture a mantis before, grabbing the camera and shooting away was in order.

He, was the most patient and cooperative model.

By the way, if you are wondering how I know that it is a "he" and not a "she" well wonder not. Apparently the difference between "he" and "she" is the fact that the female mantis has 6 abdominal segments while males have 8.

Count them...how many do you see?

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Heike 11 months, 1 week ago

Very nice series! I like #11 very much. It has a bit of:  "Oh pleeeaaasse mum, can I have the chocolate please?" And #15 is fantastic because of the colors and the light.

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Tsao T-F 11 months, 1 week ago

I think the mantis is very beautiful, very photogenic, but also very terrible.
Perhaps the movie "Alien" is derived from the appearance and behavior of the mantis.alien
By the way, every time when I shoot them, I feel that they are staring at my camera lens.camera
I heard that this is a "pseudopupil" phenomenon. For your reference:eyes
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudopupil

11 months, 1 week ago Edited
Antonio Gil 11 months, 1 week ago

Amazing pictures of an amazing bug. Love them all Camellia

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Rachele Schneekloth 11 months, 2 weeks ago

These portraits are incredible! The praying mantis is my favorite insect. You really captured its spirit here! Thank you for sharing this!

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Greg Blaney 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Very, very cool shots, Camellia. These are such beautiful and intriguing insects - I wish we had them around my part of the world. I really like #15. The lighting and composition really make this an outstanding photo. He has obviously not mated yet either, since he still has his head!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Greg Blaney 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Greg you had to bring the mating/headless part up didn't you?? smile Just kidding. They truly are beautiful and intriguing if we forego their mating rituals.

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Gone Fishing Without A Pole 11 months, 2 weeks ago

One of my favorite zoo animals! LOL  Great shots

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Camellia Staab Replied to Gone Fishing Without A Pole 11 months, 2 weeks ago

ROFL! Yes they have ton of them in our zoos as well smile

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Jay Boggess 11 months, 2 weeks ago

WOW! 
Great series! 
Did you read about their mating ritual??? 
Pretty creepy, especially if your the unlucky suitor.....gulp!!
These insects always gave me the creeps.....I wondered if they were actually alien lifeforms from Planet X, sent here to gather information, prior to an invasion....Nice camera work!
Always a pleasure, my friend!
+1grinning+1

11 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Jay Boggess 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks and always a pleasure to read you comments. I'll take these guys over June bugs... smile

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Jay Boggess Replied to Camellia Staab 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Your pleasure, is my pleasure, Sis!!
I'm just glad the mantis doesn't get as big as an Andean Condor!!!!
+1grinning+1

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Helen Anders 11 months, 2 weeks ago

What a beautiful little creature!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Helen Anders 11 months, 2 weeks ago

They really are Helen and fascinating to watch.

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Jennifer Paire 11 months, 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful series and I did not know this about the mantis. Thank you!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Jennifer Paire 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you Jennifer, they are quite unique.

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