Praying Mantis

by Stephanie Suesan Smith, Ph.D. on September 17, 2010

This praying mantis was sitting on the porch rail under the porch light.  She was happily catching bugs as they were drawn to the light, too.  When I saw her, I grabbed my camera and started for her.  She was very annoyed to have her own papperizziti, and scuttled to the side of the rail.  I got a shot of her before she completely disappeared.

Praying Mantis

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Joy K. October 2, 2010 at 9:55 am

She does appear to be irritated. I wish we could communicate with them, just to say “I’m not trying to eat or parasitize you. Just want a picture!”
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Stephanie Suesan Smith October 2, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Yes, but think of all the “celebrities” that play the cat and mouse game with photographers. They pretend to be annoyed when photographed but become pouty when “allowed their privacy.”


Yvette November 8, 2010 at 3:38 pm

I loved your story about the Praying Mantis. Try to be like the real paparazzi and camp out the night before, hide, climb over a fence and use a high powered lens….lol
Thank you for posting…
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Jerry Clifford from minneapolis mn real estate August 26, 2011 at 8:24 pm

She’s on the run! 🙂 I’ve always wondered why they are called “Praying Mantis” instead of “Preying mantis”. Seems a better fit don’t you think?


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