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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Is Mr. Mantis Praying?

Good morning,

I took these images as we were packing up after David's birthday party at his school yesterday.
 This fellow was slowly walking across the ground near the parking lot when I noticed his brilliant green color against the mulch background.
 As I came closer to take pictures he pulled up on a branch and turned his head to look at me.
He didn't seem to care that I was there.  He was moving into the bushes where he might have been able to find something to eat.  We've had a ten week drought so I am sure tasty bugs are hard to find this Fall.
My son came over to take a look and Mr. Mantis still didn't seem to mind.  Perhaps Mr. Mantis was in Mary's garden to pray with her.  ;)




Wanda..... said...

It has been dry Lois, but it did rain last night, maybe the mantis prayed for rain!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Morning Lois, just caught up with yesterday's post and looks like the birthday party was great for David and the family.

The praying mantis is indeed a very interesting insect to watch.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Ooh, please keep that cute Mr. right there where he is ;) xxx

Lois Evensen said...

Wanda, yes, perhaps he was praying for rain and he had the right connections to get his prayers answered!

Yes, Beatrice, the party was fun. And, Saskia, don't worry, Mr. Mantis stayed with Mary when we left the parking lot. :)

Montanagirl said...

Cool photos! I have never seen a Praying Mantis.

Anonymous said...

He was a big one!! Yes, I'm sure he was praying for rain! We had a storm last night, but didn't bring much rain, only a lot of lightning and thunder! We had a nest of Mantas hatch this summer near the pool. Madison found them. ...debbbie

Jonathan Riggs said...

Wow, neat photo's. I'm always running across things like this in my work. So much that sometimes I forget the wonder of it. If I had realized how interested you would have been I would have given you the chance to photograph the 12" Garden Snake we found in your front yard today. It crossed my mind, but I was hesitant to come knocking at your front door with a reptile in hand. Some folks are weird like that you know. :)

Thanks for remembering us and giving us the chance to be of service again.


Lois Evensen said...

Hi Jon!

I would have LOVED to have seen that snake. :)) Snakes are very welcome in my garden to gobble up all those bad critters there, especially slugs.

Thanks for all you did yesterday. I'll have some images here on the blog soon.