Friday, September 23, 2011

Hiding Among The Pine Needles

A few weeks ago Hubby and I were trimming a bush beside our front door when I noticed a Praying Mantis. I made a note of where he was so I could get my camera when we were finished. A little later I couldn't find him and was disappointed more than I could say.
This week we were putting down new mulch and there he was in a small pine beside the fron porch. This time we stopped and Hubby went for my camera. He's been hanging around for a few days now so I think he's taken up residence which is more than fine with me.
You should be able to click and enlarge the above image for a more detailed view.
Posing for his closeup!

18 comments:

judi said...

My, what big eyes you have, ah.. ms. mantis. They are so much fun to watch, I got bit by one once and only once.. that hurts to much to let it happen twice. wonderfully captured!

rapunzel said...

What a cool capture!

Rose said...

Oh, wow, these are fantastic. I love that close-up.

Lauri said...

Oh my, that is intense! Your macro work is incredible.

KT said...

FANTASTIC! Generally I think praying mantises look creepy but this guy or gal doesn't!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That was nice of him to come back for his photos! And boy did he ever pose for you. I was thinking about big eyes even before I saw the second photo -- just remarkable I like bugs and the mantis is a great one.

One said...

I have the exact praying mantis in my garden. I like your close-up. It looks like a painting.

forgetmenot said...

Is that a smile on his face--I do believe it is!!!! What a great capture. Have a lovely weekend. Mickie :) Oh, and I love your granddaughter's name, Lily, how beautiful.

SquirrelQueen said...

I'm glad he decided to take up residence in your yard, they do tend to remain in an area. She is a beauty and not at all camera shy. The Praying Mantis is one of my favorite insects.

JunieRose2005 said...

WOW! These are great shots! The bottom one is awesome! (makes me want to get out with my camera!!)

Paxie said...

Almost gave me the heebie jeebies!

Outstanding!

Jeannelle said...

Amazing shots! I have never actually seen a praying mantis.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Excellent macro photographs.

Regards and best wishes

Indrani said...

Such crisp and clear captures. Fantastic!

Neal said...

Great pictures. It always surprises me how many people are deathly afraid of a praying mantis. I have no idea what they think the PM is going to do to them. :)

Craver Vii said...

Excellent! I'm glad you got a second chance at it. Nice shot.

Gill - That British Woman said...

sorry to say this but it has a face only a mother could love!!

Gill in Canada

Stephany said...

Jeepers creepers, look at those eyes! These are terrific shots, Carletta. I don't think I saw a mantis all summer. Maybe they got tired of having their picture taken so often last summer... lol :)