Here’s the larger version of the photo in the header.
It’s actually from two years ago, before I began photo-blogging, but it’s one of my favorites. Usually, finding a praying mantis is a surprise as they are typically so well camouflaged while waiting for a hapless insect to land nearby, but deep rose-colored chrysanthemums are hardly a foil for a long, slender pale green insect!
They aren’t fearful of humans so I could get close and take quite a few photos. I was watching its tongue flick in and out as it tasted/smelled the air, and I have a few photos of it cleaning its front legs as well.
Spending time with a living creature so different from one’s self is always an interesting experience.
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This entry was posted on September 26, 2010 by Bernadette. It was filed under autumn, flowers, insects, outdoors, praying mantis and was tagged with autumn, insect, nature photography, outdoors, photography, praying mantis.