Saturday, August 14, 2010
Here's Looking at You, Babe
Praying mantis, this particular individual was found hanging out on the screen to the half bath window. Let me tell you at 6:45 AM, when I walked in there, eyes still glued shut with sleep, well, can we say, that was some wake up call?? Eyes popped right open, brain function jump started and I grabbed the camera. I took a number of shots from INSIDE the house.
Knowing that the screen was interfering, I went out side and took several more photos. At some point, I decided to try flash (it was early and gray). And, I guess the flash attracted his attention, because that creature actually turned at looked right at me (top photo). Kinda bizarre when I loaded the photos onto the computer.
A great page on praying mantis was found via a quick google.
* Man actually was able to measure this beast, and tells me it was 3.5 inches long and the spread of the legs was 3 inches.