The Scrutiny of Mister Mantis

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    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.

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    1. GregStolze 55 months ago | reply

      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?


    2. ✿ Fr@ ✿ 55 months ago | reply

      Wow great macro!

    3. Viridiana 13 55 months ago | reply

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

      Greetings !

    4. Daniel Light 55 months ago | reply

      He's whispering in my ear. Says he likes Mozart. Who knew?

    5. Brian Truono Photography 55 months ago | reply

      Why 'ello there, sir!

    6. *Arielle* 55 months ago | reply

      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).

    7. smokingduck 55 months ago | reply

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

    8. PacoAlcantara 55 months ago | reply

      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

    9. * Pia * 55 months ago | reply

      Woah! Stunning capture!!

    10. Starlisa 55 months ago | reply

      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. (?)

    11. observationpost 55 months ago | reply

      Excellent shot!

      Seems we have a friend in common:

    12. caroline_1985 55 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous macro and composition!

    13. juj ~ 55 months ago | reply

      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...

    14. r.AI (-) 55 months ago | reply

      Damned fine work. Have a good weekend my friend!

    15. ocawnad 54 months ago | reply

      nice shot!

    16. Shoeven 51 months ago | reply

      awesome picture!

    17. Milusa 47 months ago | reply

      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:

    18. wulfshado 23 months ago | reply

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

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