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photoblog image Garden Lover #13

Garden Lover #13

Juvenile Preying Mantis looks overwhelmed by the brilliant colours of the Mexican Sunflower bloom.

Garden Lover #13

Juvenile Preying Mantis looks overwhelmed by the brilliant colours of the Mexican Sunflower bloom.

comments (16)

  • Martine
  • France
  • 28 Jun 2017, 00:13
En France, les mantes religieuses sont vertes. Celle-là  est vraiment toute petite.
Ray: En Thaïlande, les Mantis à la prière viennent dans de nombreuses formes et couleurs ... c'est un juvénile, et sera vert clair partout quand c'est un adulte.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 28 Jun 2017, 04:31
This is such a wonderful picture love all the colours. I never knew that Preying Mantis can be very juvenile, I saw a YouTube and a praying Mantis killed a black widow spider....
Ray: Preying Mantis are very aggressive insects, Astrid, and very successful.
Awe what a beauty! Nicely done!
Ray: Delicate when small...
striking image, Ray. love this!
Ray: You are very kind, Ayush.
It looks like he wants to fly off to see the world, Ray!
Ray: He might be dreaming of such things, Ginnie, but needs to grow his wings first.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 28 Jun 2017, 06:29
In an ideal world he'd be given a pair of sunglasses when confronted by all this colour
Ray: I wonder if he sees colours, Chris.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 28 Jun 2017, 06:45
What an intense read- I am overwhelmed, too.
Ray: It is a brilliantly coloured bloom, Philine.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 28 Jun 2017, 07:08
Oh sorry, intense, sexy red!
Ray: I like having a clump of these flowers in the garden...brightens things up considerably.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 28 Jun 2017, 07:15
Is it an aggressor then, Ray? (See Astrid's comment)
Ray: Preying Mantis are exclusively carnivorous, Lisl, and mainly eat flying insects...they are voracious eaters, and successful species.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Jun 2017, 07:19
Blinded by the light probably. Such a delicate little thing (the mantis - not you).

(Shutterchance deleted my image today - it is back now).
Ray: I do wonder what insects see, Alan.
I wonder how he sees that vivid red?
Ray: Yes...I wonder about that, too, Bill.
This series of a different insect each day will surely run out of subjects soon.
Ray: I expect I could run the series for at least a year, Chad, but intend to give it a rest at the end of this week.
Having that red background, of which you had no choice I guess, works very well.
Ray: It is a gorgeous bloom, Brian, and I was happy to include it in the composition.
Looks about to take a leap. What colours!
Ray: Dreaming of the day when he/she has wings...
Presumably just waiting for a snack to pass by smile
Ray: That is their main pre-occupation at this stage, Tom.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 28 Jun 2017, 22:19
I don't know preying mantis, only praying mantis. So I looked up the preying mantis and came across this http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Preying%20Mantis

Asides from that, other indications are that preying is less common, but not incorrect.
Ray: I use Praying and Preying interchangeably when referring to Mantis, Louis...both words seem appropriate.

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