What!
Photo-A-Day #1242

Apparently I am disturbing this Praying Mantis as it hangs upside down on the flowers. When we returned home from the Cape and I was taking in some of the stuff from the car I noticed something strange in the flowers and it was a huge Praying Mantis! I found some praying mantises(?) around out house in 2005 when we were doing some yard work at the house. They are really interesting to watch and to photograph. Here is a shot of the whole Praying Mantis.

Praying to hang in there

I hope that everyone has a great Labor Day, it is back to work tomorrow! Only 4 days left till a 2 week vacation that will include trips to the Miami Metro Zoo, Palm Beach Zoo, IZEAFest 2008 and Blog World Expo!

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17 Responses to “What!”

  1. Mo says:

    ummmm…..AND A VISIT WITH MEEEEEE!!!!

    :) JK…travel safe!!

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  2. Chica says:

    Preying Mantis’ are so rad! I love letting one walk around my hand and arm. Although I did find out once that they do bite! Feels like a snakebite pinch, just really teeny.

    I can’t wait to hear about your trips and whatnot this next two weeks, My impatience is thanking your blogging habits. (blogging as you go) lol

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  3. Tony says:

    Amazingly beautiful pictures. So charming and natural.

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  4. Jules says:

    Okay, that first one is just creepy. Bugs with faces are just plain creepy!

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  5. Rache says:

    WONDERFUL APPROACH!

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  6. Steve says:

    Though that insect looks bad but it is not harmful. The most interesting part of it is the movement.

  7. Dad (Grandfather) says:

    Drew, amazing photo! Unbelivable detail.

  8. Drew says:

    Mo,
    Well yes there is that, how could I have forgotten to mention that we would be hanging out with you for a few days and that you would be watching Eva for us. Don’t worry I’ll mention it plenty as things go along.

  9. Drew says:

    Chica,
    The insect is protected, at least in MA so we can’t touch them. I was taught that from very very young. I did use a stick back in 2005 to transfer them from the pickup bed to an arborvitaes. I did notice the wicked little mouth and I bet it would pinch pretty good. Keep an eye on the GING blog of mine for the utterz updates about the trips.

  10. Drew says:

    Thanks Tony. I was lucky that the mantis stuck around for a while.

  11. Drew says:

    Jules,
    I can understand that, however I think it is very cool. So we should work out a plan to meet up when I am in Vegas so we can go photowalking. I arrive in Vegas on the 19th at 4:00pm. Want to hit up In and Out Burger with the family and go photo shooting on the strip or somewhere else, I’m game for wherever?

  12. Drew says:

    Rachel,
    Thanks for the comment, no need to leave a keyword as your name, as I noticed. I use comment luv and I usually remove any comments that use a keyword rather than a name. However I visited your blog first and liked what you had up and figured that you really wanted to leave a comment here so I changed the name and kept the comment. I appreciate that you stopped by.

  13. Drew says:

    Steve,
    Ah your comments were straight up spam even copying from my comment policy however your second comment was worthwhile so I kept it and of course changed your keywords.

  14. Drew says:

    Dad,
    Thanks, do you think this might be one of the ones from 2005 that grew from very tiny to this monster? There was also a dead one so I figure this may be a female that recently mated.

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  16. Although I’m afraid of Praying Mantises(?? Mantae??) mostly because of the movie Nine Months, this is a very beautiful photo. It is “sumbit it” to a stock photo place gorgeous.

  17. Drew says:

    Nine Months? The one with Hugh Grant? Wasn’t that a comedy. I don’t remember a praying mantis. But I figure that from the synopsis that he must have had a daydream/nightmare to that effect. I might submit it to a stock site. I haven’t done much with those yet.