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Good morning everyone and Happy Hug a Bug Day. While perusing my 2011 bug file for something to post today I came across this Chinese Mantis (Tenodera sinensis) I photographed in August at the reclaimed strip mine. I know, I posted two other series of different Chinese Mantis from last season, but I thought one more wouldn't hurt.

 

As for these photos, they're all of the same male, an immature one at that as it wasn't fully grown. Maybe four inches (10 cm) in length. Fully grown they can easily reach six inches (15 cm). The nice thing about Mantids, is that they make for great photo subjects. They're not easily scared or intimidated and rarely fly or scurry away once spotted. They seem to be as curious about us as we are of them.

 

Thank you for stopping by...and I hope you have a truly nice day.

 

Lacey

 

ISO400, aperture f/11, exposure .002 seconds (1/500) focal length 300mm

Miscanthus sinensis plumes grow even in freezing temps here in Minnesota.. I just loved how it looked with the sun shining on it and the wind blowing it's feathery plumes .

 

Thanks so much to everyone for your wonderful comments!! I really appreciate them!!! ; )

To be honest, I chickened out of using the first title, "Don't Believe the Internet - The Cat Ate the Hummingbird!!!" I chickened out because I love all creatures (well the jury may be out on the Giant Water Bug) and I'm not a heartless bastard, my occasionally warped sense of humor came up with that title. I hope you forgive my moment of indiscretion. :)

 

At the end of summer I mowed the field I call my back yard and came across dozens of these guys in the grass and weeds. Sorry but each time I stopped and relocated them.

 

Chinese Mantis (Tenodera Sinensis)

 

Micro-Nikkor, 55mm f/2.8 Lens, natural late day sunlight from the field

 

GLICINIA./ Arbusto trepador de hojas caducas y de floracion abundante en forma de racimos de color lavanda y de unos 30cm. aproximadamente. Muy utiliyada para pergolas. Es originaria de China.

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Wisteria sinensis (purple)

Source: Collected 1988

Height: 42 inches

Repotting history: 3-04, 2-09 new pot, 4-14

Container: Bellota Pot

46

Wisteria sinensis (purple)

Source: Collected 1988

Height: 42 inches

Repotting history: 3-04, 2-09 new pot, 4-14

Container: Bellota Pot

EXPLORE: Highest position: 57 on Tuesday, August 12, 2008

 

Comunemente conosciuta come "Glicine" è la mia pianta da fiore

preferita...

 

Commonly known as "Wysteria" it's my favourite flowery plant...

  

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A nymph of Tettigonidae? abandoned by the 异颚泥蜂 Sphex maxillosus near the nest of latter.

46

Wisteria sinensis (purple)

Source: Collected 1988

Height: 42 inches

Repotting history: 3-04, 2-09 new pot, 4-14

Container: Bellota Pot

45

Wisteria sinensis (white)

Source: cutting 1995, training 2005

Height: 41 inches

Repotting history: 3-09, 3-14

Container: ? ? ?

46

Wisteria sinensis (purple)

Source: Collected 1988

Height: 42 inches

Repotting history: 3-04, 2-09 new pot, 4-14

Container: Bellota Pot

Mauremys sinensis ~ 斑龜 ~ 原始的圖像大小 Original Image Size : 5184x3456 pixe via 500px ift.tt/1sFHf0i

46

Wisteria sinensis (purple)

Source: Collected 1988

Height: 42 inches

Repotting history: 3-04, 2-09 new pot, 4-14

Container: Bellota Pot

46

Wisteria sinensis (purple)

Source: Collected 1988

Height: 42 inches

Repotting history: 3-04, 2-09 new pot, 4-14

Container: Bellota Pot

46

Wisteria sinensis (purple)

Source: Collected 1988

Height: 42 inches

Repotting history: 3-04, 2-09 new pot, 4-14

Container: Bellota Pot

46

Wisteria sinensis (purple)

Source: Collected 1988

Height: 42 inches

Repotting history: 3-04, 2-09 new pot, 4-14

Container: Bellota Pot

46

Wisteria sinensis (purple)

Source: Collected 1988

Height: 42 inches

Repotting history: 3-04, 2-09 new pot, 4-14

Container: Bellota Pot

45

Wisteria sinensis (white)

Source: cutting 1995, training 2005

Height: 41 inches

Repotting history: 3-09, 3-14

Container: ? ? ?

46

Wisteria sinensis (purple)

Source: Collected 1988

Height: 42 inches

Repotting history: 3-04, 2-09 new pot, 4-14

Container: Bellota Pot

46

Wisteria sinensis (purple)

Source: Collected 1988

Height: 42 inches

Repotting history: 3-04, 2-09 new pot, 4-14

Container: Bellota Pot

46

Wisteria sinensis (purple)

Source: Collected 1988

Height: 42 inches

Repotting history: 3-04, 2-09 new pot, 4-14

Container: Bellota Pot

46

Wisteria sinensis (purple)

Source: Collected 1988

Height: 42 inches

Repotting history: 3-04, 2-09 new pot, 4-14

Container: Bellota Pot

46

Wisteria sinensis (purple)

Source: Collected 1988

Height: 42 inches

Repotting history: 3-04, 2-09 new pot, 4-14

Container: Bellota Pot

46

Wisteria sinensis (purple)

Source: Collected 1988

Height: 42 inches

Repotting history: 3-04, 2-09 new pot, 4-14

Container: Bellota Pot

46

Wisteria sinensis (purple)

Source: Collected 1988

Height: 42 inches

Repotting history: 3-04, 2-09 new pot, 4-14

Container: Bellota Pot

46

Wisteria sinensis (purple)

Source: Collected 1988

Height: 42 inches

Repotting history: 3-04, 2-09 new pot, 4-14

Container: Bellota Pot

46

Wisteria sinensis (purple)

Source: Collected 1988

Height: 42 inches

Repotting history: 3-04, 2-09 new pot, 4-14

Container: Bellota Pot

46

Wisteria sinensis (purple)

Source: Collected 1988

Height: 42 inches

Repotting history: 3-04, 2-09 new pot, 4-14

Container: Bellota Pot

46

Wisteria sinensis (purple)

Source: Collected 1988

Height: 42 inches

Repotting history: 3-04, 2-09 new pot, 4-14

Container: Bellota Pot

46

Wisteria sinensis (purple)

Source: Collected 1988

Height: 42 inches

Repotting history: 3-04, 2-09 new pot, 4-14

Container: Bellota Pot

These come from China, but you see them around because people import them. This was at my neighbor's house.

 

Experts say they are the largest Mantis found in the USA, reaching 110mm, (~4.5 inches). I'm quite sure I have seen them bigger than that. A lot bigger!

46

Wisteria sinensis (purple)

Source: Collected 1988

Height: 42 inches

Repotting history: 3-04, 2-09 new pot, 4-14

Container: Bellota Pot

45

Wisteria sinensis (white)

Source: cutting 1995, training 2005

Height: 41 inches

Repotting history: 3-09, 3-14

Container: Bellota Pot

46

Wisteria sinensis (purple)

Source: Collected 1988

Height: 42 inches

Repotting history: 3-04, 2-09 new pot, 4-14

Container: Bellota Pot

46

Wisteria sinensis (purple)

Source: Collected 1988

Height: 42 inches

Repotting history: 3-04, 2-09 new pot, 4-14

Container: Bellota Pot

Agassiz Research and Development Centre, Agassiz, B.C.

46

Wisteria sinensis (purple)

Source: Collected 1988

Height: 42 inches

Repotting history: 3-04, 2-09 new pot, 4-14

Container: Bellota Pot

46

Wisteria sinensis (purple)

Source: Collected 1988

Height: 42 inches

Repotting history: 3-04, 2-09 new pot, 4-14

Container: Bellota Pot

46

Wisteria sinensis (purple)

Source: Collected 1988

Height: 42 inches

Repotting history: 3-04, 2-09 new pot, 4-14

Container: Bellota Pot

46

Wisteria sinensis (purple)

Source: Collected 1988

Height: 42 inches

Repotting history: 3-04, 2-09 new pot, 4-14

Container: Bellota Pot

45

Wisteria sinensis (white)

Source: cutting 1995, training 2005

Height: 41 inches

Repotting history: 3-09, 3-14

Container: ? ? ?

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