Posted on 10/28/2010

Photo taken on October 18, 2010

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Dei T
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Portrait of a Mantis | Praying

Portrait of a Mantis | Praying

A couple of weekends ago I was delighted to see a praying mantis just inside the entrance of my home.
My human house guest had recently arrived so, tempting as it was, it was not the right time for me to take my camera out and start shooting. I had been looking forward to having a praying mantis as a subject since I got my macro lens ~ and taking pictures of a mantis was one of my reasons for getting one! Later on that evening, when I was in the kitchen, it flew into the living / dining room so I switched off the lights to avoid it flying into a bulb and getting burnt. I opened the windows wide and wished it well on its way, asking that it return some day to play.

After the weekend I received a mantis visitor in the veranda. It was up on the beam, just inside the wall below the ceiling. I felt most grateful and delighted to have it there! After stretching up to reach it, I pulled a chair over, climbed up on it to get close and started to play...


With thanks to  JoesSistah for the three textures used.

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Kostas Papantoniou, Marcopolo, Berny, Antonio Diaz Pedraza and 5 other people have particularly liked this photo

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mo |
mo |
a beauty .. your friend by now .. i guess
6 years ago.
Stiletto has replied to mo |
Thank you mo ** (~:
I'm hoping so...

Certainly this one and relatives are most welcome at my home!
6 years ago.
Bärbel Nickel
Bärbel Nickel
Das sieht toll aus. Was ist das für ein Tier?
6 years ago.
Stiletto has replied to Bärbel Nickel
Vielen Dank (~:

Es ist eine Gottesanbeterin.
6 years ago.
catman has replied to Stiletto
:) *thumbs up*
6 years ago.
Agent 99
Agent 99
It's lovely! An adorable and cute... Martian! :-D
6 years ago.
Stiletto has replied to Agent 99
Yes... (~:

From beyond this planet certainly!

I have another one that was accidentally overexposed that gives him | her an amazing alien being look...
6 years ago.
Philippe Ordioni
Philippe Ordioni
Yes, a beautiful one !
6 years ago.
Stiletto has replied to Philippe Ordioni
6 years ago.
wow !
6 years ago.
Stiletto has replied to .t.a.o.n.
Thank you! (=
6 years ago.
what a story ... and the picture so beautiful done ... thanks for your visit and hugs back to you dear T. :))
6 years ago.
Stiletto has replied to knuddelbacke
Thank you my friend; I know you appreciate connection with creatures... ((~:
6 years ago.
Antonio Diaz  Pedraza
Antonio Diaz Pedraz…
6 years ago.
Stiletto has replied to Antonio Diaz Pedraz…
¡ Gracias ! (=
6 years ago.