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Saturday, November 23, 2013

{Praying Mantis}

Most of you might know the Praying Mantis already. Just caught one on camera the other day...
Long legged insect...
At the entrance door to our Rose Suite...
Not easy to make them pose for the camera!
Told him that a white back ground would make him look better...
See how he looks at the camera?

Related link:
Profumo di lavanda.... | Italian blogger friend Anna showing a Praying Mantis below...
True Facts About the Mantis | Youtube video showing their carnivore behavior...

43 comments:

  1. they are very intriguing insects, for sure.

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    1. Dearest Theresa,
      They look like they're very nosy as to figure out what I was doing in their territory...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Insects are cute, intriguing and weird at the same token! I'm not afraid of them, I don't mind them unless they're gonna bite me or something, lol! Great shot!
    FABBY

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    1. Dearest Fabby,
      No, we certainly don't volunteer for being bitten by them! But it is interesting for capturing them on camera so we can see their 'faces' enlarged and study them just the way they seem to study us!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. Ha! My 15 year old who is 6 feet now would run screaming in the opposite direction if he saw this. He still hates bugs and doesn't even like to look at pictures of them. Strange as when he was little, he used to let ants and roaches crawl all over him when he was outside playing. When we stayed in a bungalow in Sri Lanka several years ago, there was one on the picture frame and he wouldn't even go into the room until we could get the bellboy to get it out. I sure hope he gets over his fear of all crawly things. :) Best wishes, Tammy

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    1. Dearest Tammy,
      Let's hope indeed he gets over that stage! I've always found them interesting to look at and never had any fear of insects. Though I hate roaches.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. Liebe Mariette,

    so zeigt sich das Leben.

    Alles Liebe
    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Ja, auch die Insekten wohnen alle mit uns zusammen auf Mutter Erde!
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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  5. Ze zijn eigenlijk heel mooi zo van dichtbij, met die lange poten. Leuke foto's.

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    1. Beste Marianne,
      Ja, zo op de foto zijn ze heel erg mooi en dat zie je niet met het blote oog op afstand! Deze poseerde ook een tijd voor mij, wel niet op de witte ondergrond maar tòch.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  6. He looks big! Intriguing indeed .

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    1. Dearest Pallavi,
      It is a rather large insect indeed but very interesting to observe and he checking me out...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. Oh ! I admire you !! You had the mettle to take photos !!! If I have seen it I i would run out like a champion runner 100 meters !!!

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    1. Dearest Olympia,
      For an insect like this I would never run as they eat different food; they never would attack a human being! Just out of curiosity and with this photo size we get to see how they really are looking.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  8. Dearest Mariette,
    From the size I would say yours is probably a female. You were fortunate to find her on a bell where she could be easily photographed. I find them fascinating and elegant. Hopefully she will be around for a bit.
    As you may remember we had a pair of them on our dahlias for most of the summer. We are hoping to find egg casings somewhere.
    Enjoy your week end!..........*s*

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    1. Dearest Suzi,
      Having no idea about male and female, just got lucky for photographing the species. We observed one before but it was high on the wall of the living room and we were too far off on the balcony...
      I do recall your photo of the couple you had: http://thesmartcat.blogspot.com/2013/09/wordless-wednesday_25.html
      My photo was also taken on September 3...
      Happy weekend to you and hugs!
      Mariette

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  9. Hello Mariette, You are lucky to have praying mantises living near your house. They are common over here also. I have seen a number of living ones, and even discovered them in art. Last weekend, I saw some both real (dried) and carved, displayed on an altar. Unfortunately, I forgot to ask about them.

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      In Indonesia we have seen them also and they are very interesting to watch. You were lucky for having seen also some carved ones. The dried version is not so good... I hate that they kill exotic butterflies and such just for collecting them.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  10. Liebe Mariette,
    ja die lieben Tierchen wollen nicht immer so wie wir - aber du hast doch tolle Fotos geschossen - ich hab so ein Insekt noch nie gesehen - es sieht so groß aus - ob es wohl beißt oder sticht?
    ein wenig mulmig wäre mir schon -

    ich wünsche dir ein schönes Wochenende -

    liebe Grüße - Ruth

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    1. Liebe Ruth,
      Nein diese Insekten beissen nicht! Bei euch in Deutschland ist diese Fangschrecken (Mantodea) auf die rote Liste geraten und ist beschützt: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europ%C3%A4ische_Gottesanbeterin
      Lieber Gruss und schönes Wochenende!
      Mariette

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  11. Het lijkt net een sprinkhaan en dat is het dus ook lees ik. Leuk om het beestje zo van dichtbij te kunnen zien. Fijn weekend, lieve groet

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    1. Beste Willy,
      Het is echter géén sprinkhaan, de nederlandse naam is slechts misleidend. Ze zijn meer verwant aan de kakkerlak en behoren tot de Mantodea en de sprinkhanen behoren tot de Orthoptera. http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rechtvleugeligen
      Bovendien zijn bidsprinkhanen canibalistisch en behoren dus tot de carnivoren en sprinkhanen zijn herbivoren. http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bidsprinkhanen
      Ja, dat van dichtbij kunnen zien was kennelijk wederkerig omdat die ook geïntersseerd bleek in mijn camera of in mij!
      Geniet van het weekend en liefs,
      Mariette

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  12. Dearest Mariette
    Such animals we do not have in Sweden! It looks very pleasant, actually. Sure it looks into the camera :)
    He a nice weekend!
    Kajsa

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    1. Dearest Kajsa,
      They might not live that far north... Here we have plenty of them. They don't bite humans and it looks very curious into the camera or at me!
      Hugs and happy weekend!
      Mariette

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  13. Dear Mariette,
    wow,it;s so big!!!!I don't like insect !!!
    I run away!!!!Great shots!!!Have a lovely weekend!!Hugs!!
    Dimi...

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    1. Dearest Dimi,
      Don't panick, this one does not bit humans! It is different than a wasp...
      Interesting to see it in detail.
      Hugs and happy weekend to you too!
      Mariette

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  14. Dearest Mariette,
    The praing Manitis has very interested in the camera At the entrance door to your Rose swite.
    Are you think told him a white back ground him look better with long legged insect!
    Hugs and love to you both always!
    Michiko

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    1. Dearest Michiko,
      I really was lucky for having my camera already in my hands when I did spot this big insect. Loved seeing him up close myself because in reality you barely get a chance as they move.
      Wishing you a lovely and hopefully sunny weekend.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Beste Elly,
      Ja schoonzus, die bidsprinkhaan is best mooi zo van dichtbij!
      Fijn weekend!
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  16. Stupende foto cara Mariette! Vedo che alcuni insetti sono comuni sia in Italia che all'estero..ricordi che l'estate scorsa ne ho fotografata una anch'io?
    Le foto della natura sono sempre molto piacevoli da ammirare!
    Un bacione carissima e buon fine settimana
    Anna

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    1. Cara Anna,
      Davvero ci sono tanti insetti iguali tra vostro parte e la nostra. Sì un posto tuo dall Agosto: http://lacasadigaia.blogspot.com/2013/08/profumo-di-lavanda.html
      Ho mettolo sotto il mio blog ahora.
      Anche voi buon fine settimana e un bacione grande, grande!
      Mariette

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  17. Dearest Mariette,
    I know this insect, we have them here too, but they are not very common. I remember admiring one years ago, on my favorite walk up to a little chapel overlooking the valley.
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Hugs from rainy, snowy, stormy, cold Europe

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    1. Dearest Anna,
      They do live in more moderate regions so it might depend on the season or even year, if you get to see them.
      Wishing you a cozy indoor weekend and stay warm with all that snow, rain and wind!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  18. I also wanted to add that you look great in that outfit from the previous post! That shawl is a beauty!!!
    Hugs :)

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    1. Dearest Anna,
      Thank you very much for your kind compliment!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  19. Liebe Mariette,
    diese Aufnahmen von der Gottesanbeterin sind dir gut gelungen.
    Es war ein Wunder, dass du die Kamera zur Hand hattest.
    Ein schönes Wochenende wünscht dir
    Irmi

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    1. Liebe Irmi,
      Oh es war bestimmt ein Wunder weil sonst sind sie viel ze weit enfernt oder man hat nicht die Kamera dabei.
      Ein gemütliches, behägliches Wochenende und alles liebe.
      Mariette

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  20. My son accidentally stepped on one some years ago, he was so upset. He tried to save it after but wasn't able to so the poor little fella died:( They're definitely very interesting to look at!

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    1. Dearest Victoria,
      Sure in California and also in Florida again you will get to see them a lot. For sure they are not yet extinct but accidents can happen where we unintentionally kill a critter...
      Happy weekend to you and enjoy the better weather!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  21. Little Leo would love this he finds them to be interesting and likes to take them and put them on his mum's pillow to hear her squeal

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      Haha, this is a mean little kid!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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