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Prey, Join Me for Lunch?
12-JUL-2011

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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