Praying Mantis

Going back in the archives to August 2012. 

 I must have been watering my black eyed susans and discovered this little guy. 







These photo's were captured with my point and shoot so the quality is not the best but it gets you up close and personal with a praying mantis. They are so named because of their front legs that are often bent and held together at an angle that suggests prayer.  They can swivel their heads 180 degrees to search for prey with 2 large compound eyes + three other simple eyes located between them. You can sorta see them on the last photo. Interesting critters.

Linking with Outdoor Wednesday and Nature Notes

Comments

Kerry said…
Gorgeous! You are a bit ahead of us I think. These will bloom in a few weeks.
Linda W. said…
That's a very cool shot! Pretty darn good for a point and shoot.
What lovely photos you take. I especially love your header. :)

Glenda/MidSouth said…
That is a great shot with a point and shoot. Occasionally I have a praying mantis show up around my back door, and hang out for several days, then disappear. My going in and out often did not seem to bother it at all.
Thanks for stopping by.
Helga said…
Your pictures are so beautiful!! Maybe you take a look to my blog? Thanks! Have a nice day. Greetings from Germany!
Helga
Blackberry Lane said…
I love seeing the detail of his face.
Trace4J said…
Just awesome!
Love the close up of his face.
And the fact he is praying.
hehe
Woolie Hugs
EG CameraGirl said…
Reallly nice photos of the praying mantis!
Indrani said…
Too good. What details! Very interesting face.
Minoru Saito said…
Hi! Nice idea. I have never imagined that he is aprayer. Thanks for sharing.
orchid Miyako said…
I never thought "Praying Mantis" is this lovely(^_^)v

Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan to Calf-sis, xoxo Miyako*
Leovi said…
Wonderful colors, exquisite flowers! Nice pictures! The seductive beauty of the mantis!
Primitive Stars said…
Morning Felicia, love the flowers, one of my fav's. Never seen a Mantis in real life, so interesting, Blessings Francine.
TexWisGirl said…
they're neat but rather creepy characters. :) and quite the predator, too! look out hummingbirds!
Debby Ray said…
Hey...don't knock those little point & shoots...that's all some of us got...lol! Seriously, these are fantastic captures. What an interested little creature, that Praying Mantis....only God could or would design such a thing!
maryaustria said…
Wow! You got a really close look! Fantastic shots!
Carver said…
Fantastic shots!
Gail Dixon said…
Awesome shots! I remember coming across these as a little girl and fleeing inside with terror. Now, I wouldn't think twice about photographing one. You did a great job on this guy!
Hannah said…
Cute shots of the praying mantis. I very rarely ever see them here. I am glad I don't have them, insects are not my biggest problem, and I think they eat bees as they eat everything they can catch.
Amazing photo Felicia, I thought these guys were only found much farther south. We don't have them up here but I think they are totally cool bugs!
Rambling Woods said…
Oh I love mantids. Great series and makes you glad you are not an insect to be taken. Thank you for linking into Nature Notes... Michelle
Florence said…
What gorgeous shots!