One new photograph, almost every day of the year

2016—Mantis

A praying mantis, innocently lurking on one of my Just Joey roses caught my eye Tuesday morning.  I got my camera and tripod but the breeze was a little too much to get a decent photo with the macro lens so I clipped the rose, put it in a vase, brought it inside and photographed it inside.  My houseguest, Susan, helped by holding the flash and I took a few shots but I was worried that the mantis might fly off or crawl away.  The mantis was quite active during the few minutes he was inside but he did stop long enough for me to determine that it has a compound eye, with a grid-like covering.  After the portrait session, Susan took it back outside and it climbed back onto the rosebush to continue its quest for prey.

praying Mantis in rose.jpg

3 responses

  1. Michael

    Any closeups of the eyes?!

    August 31, 2016 at 5:04 am

  2. Bruce

    Delightful little guy.

    August 31, 2016 at 8:55 am

  3. Melinda

    Fabulous closeup! He’s cute!

    September 1, 2016 at 10:28 pm

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