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bayourebel Sep 8, 2006 8:28 PM

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Went to put out dove feed and heres looking at you. This one was about 2 to 2 1/2 inches long. I thought it to large for the macro lens so just used the camera. This is first I have seen in years.

bayourebel Sep 8, 2006 8:29 PM

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So I took him out and put in the grass and he kept looking at me

bayourebel Sep 8, 2006 8:30 PM

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So then I picked him/her up and put it on my large English Ivy.

WackyRoger Sep 8, 2006 8:59 PM

Nice series Jerry. Looks like she likes her new home.

TOTALLY WACKY roger
FZ 30, Nikon TCE17, QuikAim Max RDS, Zeiss Digiscope/Sony W7

bayourebel Sep 8, 2006 9:17 PM

Thanks Roger. It was very friendly, jumped right on my arm, walked up my hand.

tiger98 Sep 8, 2006 10:15 PM

Very NICE Jerry! I saw some pictures recently of a Mantis spearing and eating a hummingbird ! Didn't relize they were that fast or would take on such large prey! Jim

Raghu Sep 8, 2006 10:17 PM

Nice pics, Jerry. I think he knew you wouldn't hurt him. Try as much as possible not to cut off (however little that may be) any portion of the subject - your first and last pics haveone antenna and limbs not fully covered. That is the advice I have received many times during my beginning stages in this forum. Now I seehow the (somewhat) trained eye automatically looks for the perfect picture! Keep posting!

Macnite Sep 8, 2006 11:15 PM

Very nice series bayourebel. She looks happy and content.

DougG Sep 9, 2006 5:15 AM

Great shots - your pictures and the ones Macnite posted are very much appreciated.

Mantids have always been one of my favourite insects; I haven't seen one in years and years though. They were so abundant in our area when I was a youngster.

bayourebel Sep 9, 2006 7:54 AM

Jim, Raghu, McNite, DougG, thanks very much for the nice comments.

Jim, I had no idea that a Mantiss could be that formidable.

I believe that a lot of the insects, that we remember in our childhood days are indeed disappearing in some areas due to the heavy use of insecticides and weed killers, but most of all probably due to urban crawl.. as we continue to develop natural habitats for all use.


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