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Prey, Join Me for Lunch?

Prey, Join Me for Lunch?

My wife discovered this praying manits, which was more than two inches (well over 5cm) long, in our front yard, as she gardened. I made a lot of photographs to come up with this one, my favorite, because it's in focus, it isn't blurred, and I managed to recognize and work in a nice background to show the mantis off.

Unfortunately, it was definitely aware of my presence when I began making photographs with my digicam, which has an astoundingly good macro, but put me too close to my subject, frightening it. I switched to my DSLR with a macro lens, and I was able to keep a more discreet distance from my subject.

Over all the years I've lived in Los Angeles, I've never seen a praying mantis in my city. Quite possibly, long after all cities on earth have disappeared, the mantis will still be around. After all, it evolved into a terrifying killing machine 145 million years ago.

Nikon D300
1/320s f/11.0 at 105.0mm iso800 full exif

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Apostolos Tikopoulos25-Aug-2011 21:46
Excellent macro.
Iris Maybloom (irislm)19-Jul-2011 03:24
Amazing shot.........the stuff of science fiction.
Pat Shawyer14-Jul-2011 07:26
I love this Dave, so humanlike !
coaster14-Jul-2011 05:34
That's a great shot!
Ann Pettigrew14-Jul-2011 04:32
Cool shot, Dave! She is really pale compared to the ones we get here. I am glad you got her! They always remind me of aliens.
Sandi Whitteker13-Jul-2011 17:50
Amazing creatures. Super macro.
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