Janet Brien

Janet Brien

Posted on 01/17/2016


Photo taken on January 17, 2016


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17/366: Praying Mantis: "Take me to your leader!"

17/366: Praying Mantis: "Take me to your leader!"
At the end of June 2014, I was upstairs in our home and walking in the hallway, when I noticed movement on the ground. Peering down at our beige carpet, I could hardly believe my eyes. "NO WAY!!!" It was an adult praying mantis!! I could barely see it on the carpet because it so perfectly matched the color!

Somehow, this praying mantis managed to find its way inside our house and climb up our stairs to the second floor. Who knows how long it had been lost inside, but I figured it was probably very hungry, thirsty and weak. Trotting downstairs to get a jar, it took me a few seconds to find it again when I returned. Amazed, I gently coaxed it inside and brought the jar downstairs, where I stared in awe at the "space alien of the insect world". I ran upstairs to get Steve and after admiring our cool friend, we went outside to let him disappear into the dried grass which it so perfectly matched.

Just before releasing him, Steve held him for a photo session, and I managed to get lots of great pictures! What a magnificent insect!!! :)

Information about camouflage and the praying mantis:
These masters of camouflage don't change colors within minutes like chameleons can. Instead, they change colors every time they molt to match the current environment they're in. They molt approximately every two weeks as they are growing up, but once they are adults, they no longer molt, and they cannot change color after that.

Trudy Tuinstra, elvigiadelosamaneceres.com, natur' ELLE, Rambonp and 22 other people have particularly liked this photo


22 comments - The latest ones
Monica Meeneghan
Monica Meeneghan
It shows up so well against the blue.
19 months ago.
Maeluk
Maeluk
Wonderful shot..well done.
19 months ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
They are wonderful Insects Janet, I have seen many in the far east during my travels, they don't seem to mind being handled either.
Nice photo.
19 months ago.
Valfal
Valfal
Wow what an amazing shot! I used to have quite a few every year, but over the past couple years their population diminished. I suspect it may be secondary to a big change in my flower garden two years ago when I lost most of my older lavender bushes. They used to lay their eggs on the woody stems.
19 months ago.
Janet Brien has replied to Valfal
Sorry to hear your population seems to have diminished. I am so amazed at how well they blend in, given the adult size. I have seen one, looked away, and then simply could not find it. After carefully studying the leaves and stems, I FINALLY spotted it again. They are amazing!!!!

Thanks for the comment, it's so nice to be in touch again! :)
19 months ago.
Keith Burton
Keith Burton
What an amazing story..........and a brilliant image to go with it!
19 months ago.
Stan Askew
Stan Askew
fantastic portrait !!!
19 months ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Incredible macro!

Admired in:
www.ipernity.com/group/tolerance
19 months ago.
Pam J
Pam J
This is a stunner !

They hunt in my Lantana in summer and on the storm doors at nice in Summer to catch bugs drawn to the light.

I suspect them of being intelligent alien beings !

Admired in ~ I ♥ Nature
19 months ago. Edited 19 months ago.
Brian Russell
Brian Russell
Fantastic photo well captured.
19 months ago.
Robert Wilson
Robert Wilson
A superb macro.
19 months ago.
Graham Chance
Graham Chance
Superb macro Janet.
19 months ago.
yokopakumayoko Francesco
yokopakumayoko Franc…
Great shot!
19 months ago.
sunlight
sunlight
Great photo !!!
19 months ago.
p'titJo
p'titJo
Superbe capture !
19 months ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
A very impressive mantis macro.
19 months ago.
Marcel-78/85
Marcel-78/85
Very nice shot.
19 months ago.
Nylonbleu
Nylonbleu
very nice
19 months ago.
Henri Boddaerd
Henri Boddaerd
Excellent !
19 months ago.
Rambonp
Rambonp
GREAT macro !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
18 months ago.
elvigiadelosamaneceres.com
elvigiadelosamanecer…
Preciosa imagen e insecto. Felicidades
18 months ago.