The Praying Mantis

The Praying Mantis

The weather has been glorious this week … chilly morning but fantastic afternoon.   We’ve been doing lots of clean up outside, but I hate to start putting things away when it is so nice out, but I also know it has to be done as the weather can change so quickly.  Looking carefully we discovered a praying mantis, first on the downspout and then on the garden bench.  That was the clue for me to turn the camera on and get to the macro settings.

The praying mantis is named for the two front legs that sometimes appear to be held in a praying position.

Praying mantis can turn their heads 180 degrees … a very helpful trick when looking for prey.

Those 2 big compound eyes help it see what is in its vicinity.  But surprisingly enough they only have 1 ear just on the belly by the hind legs.


The long front legs are used to capture their prey (moths, crickets, flies, grasshoppers)  They sometimes even eat their own and the female is know to eat the male after mating!

lots more lens friends

birds in the garden … critters in the garden … water birds



Ninebark Critters

Ninebark Critters

The ninebark put on a lovely show of blooms this spring.  It is the third year for this bush in the front garden.


I love it when I take photos and then discover more in the photo that originally noticed.


I discovered some lens friends … this fly …


… and this bug.  At first I thought this was a caterpillar but on closer examination I can see the front legs.

More from The Gardener Side

plants … seed info … veggies & herbs … bulbs, corms, tubers

the gardens  … whimsy in the garden

Have a look at some more of my lens friends photos.

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