Tag Archives: Insects

Young Praying Mantis on the Hunt

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This youngster was hunting when I disturbed his concentration.  As you can see he’s looking at me.  I was so attracted to him I did not see the spider below.  Thankfully, the camera picked it up.  I did not stick around to see what happened next.

Dan O. De Ment

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Praying Mantis on the Prowl

Praying Mantis on the Prowl

This Praying Mantis had been hanging onto the siof my wife’s watering can.  I took him out to the garden and he quietly slid down into the mulch to do a little hunting.  The light wasn’t the best so I did a litt,e work in Photoshop Elements 6 to make him more presentable.  He turned his head to watch me a couple times.  For such a top insect predator they’re not afraid to crawl up your arm and have a look.  I’ve nevef seen hostility from one to people – just curiosity.

Dan O. De Ment

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Praying Mantis warming itself in the Morning Sun

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This Praying Mantis was warming up its body in the morning sun late last Spring.  The Praying Mantis is environmentally colored to its surroundings I discovered…for feeding purposes.   If they live in a wet area they’ll be green and in a dry area they’ll be brown.  Both colors are apparent here. (Central Illinois)

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