I Don't Think They'll Fit.... by RodS ()
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I was doing some work on the outside of the house a couple days ago, and this mantis wandered over to keep me company. From the size of this critter, I suspect it's a female. Male mantises don't normally get this big (they usually end up being eaten first...). She seemed interested in the gloves for some reason.
She watched me for a while, and finally decided watching me paint the window sill was pretty boring, so she wandered off to the nearby bush.
The main Photoshop machine seems to have straightened itself out, and is working normally again. I suppose it just wanted to show me who's REALLY in charge around here... 🤔
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Love watching them snag a grasshopper, they eat their heads first. Yeah she's a big one, maybe those gloves had a attractive smell. Super clear crisp capture. Thanks for sharing and have fun painting, we are under a heavy snowfall today that I mentioned in one of my two posts today. had 5 inches so far ony car, ground about 3-4 so far.
Wonderful capture. Watching you paint probably reminded her she was hungry, and she went over to the bush to stalk something for dinner. Yea, it's a good thing they aren't big enough to eat us! There are ones that get larger than this. Maybe I can find this video I watched about them. I think they're called Orchid Mantis, because that's what they look like on a branch. They're deadly!
This really is an amazing shot, Rod. And I love to see this, a bit of a futuristic insect, as to be able to study. The your picture is so sharp, the animal looks great, really very special, because they don't come here in the Netherlands Haha, and certainly none that can't be used for medical purposes.