The Scrutiny of Mister Mantis

We have two mantids running willy-nilly about the yard at present.


They are opposites of one another. They're born, I assume, from the same... ehhh, "litter?" What's the proper name for a group of praying mantises? Flock of geese, parliament of owls, school of fish, that sort of thing?


Let's just go with a "clusterf**k of mantids."


Anyway, these two mantids are opposites of one another.


This one is brownish. He's fairly friendly. I put out my hand, and he got up on it, and began using my body as an intrepid climber might use a challenging mountain. I had to stop him from ascending the summit of my face.


The other one is not at all friendly, and all green. He flees. He has this paranoid look on his face at all hours (well, to be fair, I think all mantids possess the paranoid eyes).


Funny how bugs like these have personalities.


Mantids are really quite different than other insects.


One day, we'll find out they're much smarter than we expect.

  • Greg Stolze 6y

    I don't think this one has paranoid eyes. I think he has big, googly, "I LUUUUURVE YOU CHUCK!" eyes.

    Ooh, that would explain quite a bit, wouldn't it?

  • ✿ Fr@ ✿ 6y

    Wow great macro!
  • Skarinna 6y

  • Julia DG 6y

    A penetrant gaze !!! It's amazing ! Curious portrait !

    Greetings !
  • Daniel Light 6y

    He's whispering in my ear. Says he likes Mozart. Who knew?
  • Brian Truono 6y

    Why 'ello there, sir!
  • Arielle Kristina 6y

    Bugs have personalities? Oh I feel like a murderer for that fly I crushed! It was an, no, it was self-defense! (don't tell PETA).
  • Dave Gartner 6y

    Great composition and title. How do you get these guys to pose for you? Some sort of mantid magic dust?
  • Paco Alcantara 6y

    Man! it's your photos like these ones who make me feel like going into macro...

    but I won't cuz I am not that awesometastic
  • Pia Liikala 6y

    Woah! Stunning capture!!
  • Starlisa 6y

    oh man, I love your shots, and the story is so very cool, what a treat hearing about their personalities! got a kick out of that cluster name for these guys!

    Seen in my contacts' Explore photos. (?)
  • José Eduardo Silva 6y

    Wow !!!
  • Nat 6y

    Excellent shot!

    Seems we have a friend in common:

    praying mantis 3 by observationpost
  • Caroline 6y

    Gorgeous macro and composition!
  • juj ~ 6y

    looks more like we're the ones being scrutinized. of course, I suppose that could be what you meant. I'm just going to assume it is. And now I'm going to crawl back in to my hidey-hole. I never was any good at the who-will-blink-first game...
  • Rodrigo Alvarez-Icaza 6y

    Damned fine work. Have a good weekend my friend!
  • Daniel Adsett 6y

    nice shot!
  • Shoeven 5y

    awesome picture!
  • Ludi 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Spectacular Insects-invited images only//Insectos Espectaculares, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    Hi, The Spectacular Insects Group's contest of the month is"ALL KINDS OF MANTIS" . This photo would be great for the contest. Read the rules!!!. Please consider posting this or another great Mantis photo at:
  • wulfshado 3y

    Yup, that's the face. Obi-wan-manta. Just back away. k?
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