Sunday, September 28, 2008

Praying Mantis

Today when we were looking at the wildlife photography exhibit the gentleman running it saw our cameras and wondered if we would be interested in a praying mantis he had just noticed on a bush outside. They aren't too sharp and the video isn't the greatest, but I'm very glad I got them. Did you know that the insect order of Mantodea or mantises consists of approximately 2,000 species world-wide? It says so here on Wikipedia. There are also some excellent photos on this page. Do you think that their front claws look a bit like crab legs?



video

15 comments:

Hope said...

Great photos of the praying mantis! You so rarely see one of these!

Denise said...

Thank you Hope, for the nice comment and for stopping by.

sonia a. mascaro said...

So beautiful this little praying mantis! Thanks for sharing the video.

Denise said...

Hi Sonia, happy you enjoyed it. Thanks also for stopping by.

Jack and Joann said...

I loved looking at your flower pics.Very clear and beautiful.

I did a post on a praying mantis this summer. And awhile back my husband discovered a praying mantis caught in a spider's web and slowly dying. Since he didn't know how to do CPR on a praying mantis he left him dy.

Denise said...

Hi Jack and Joann, it gave me a strange feeling to see the praying mantis turn his head and stare at me. When I got home I read all kinds of things about them, how one attacked and killed a hummingbird, how another attacked a small snake, and another a mouse. No wonder he was looking at me rather strangely. I'm just glad they don't come any bigger! If your husband ever decides to give a mantis the kiss of life, tell him to watch out for those front claws.

Reader Wil said...

What a big insect!

Eve said...

I love these guys Denise, I am forever moving them out of the way of my mower and placing them gently in my gardens! Now I'll have to train those guineas to leave them alone!! Wish me luck on that one!!

Eve said...

Oh by the way...they arent mean. I often let them visit with me before I put them in the garden. It's really fun to turn your hand and they will keep their eyes right fixed to you!! They really are the good guys of the bug world, eating the bad guys as hard as they can go.

Mary said...

I think your photos are great! I love that second one where he is all stretched out looking right at you!

Denise said...

Reader Wil, they certainly are.

Eve, I should have added that I love them too but was amazed about those stories I read. Of course whose to say that those animals I mentioned didn't see him as dinner first and that his protective instints were just kicking in! You're very lucky to see them on a regular basis, this is only my third sighting of one in many years, but I didn't have the nature 'bug' back then as much as I do now, maybe I just wasn't 'seeing'. I'm going to keep an eye out for them from now on, because they truly are on of the most fascinating insects I have come across so far. Good luck on training your guinea hens :)))

Hi Mary and thank you, I really could have stayed a lot longer watching him. As it was we were in each other's company for about 15 minutes. Would have been great to have a macro lens.

Gill - That British Woman said...

those are such creepy little things, great photo's though...

Gill

Denise said...

Thanks Gill.

Janet said...

We often see praying mantises in our garden, like Eve says, they are good at keeping the bad bugs at bay.

Today, I saw my first stick insect of the year in the garden, hopefully this heralds some cooler temps for us.

Leedra said...

They look so different with those front claws. Great photos.