Odd Shot Monday – Bug Eyed

In all the kingdom of the living, there is no more
deadly or voracious creature than the Preying Mantis.
— William Hopper —
(as Dr. Ned Jackson in The Deadly Mantis)

For my first attempt at Odd Shot Monday, I discovered this Praying Mantis perched atop one of my gate posts. Not only did he take a time-out from chewing his toenails to pose – he even tried to smile…

Note: Without having seen the script, I don’t know if Praying Mantis is deliberately misspelled or if it’s a typo in the quote I found.

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~ by Piedmont Perspective on 11 August 2008.

13 Responses to “Odd Shot Monday – Bug Eyed”

  1. Athough they do look like they are “praying”, the name is “preying”. Just get to know one well and you will kow why.

    We kept a preying mantis as a classroom pet in first grade. The kids would spend their recess catching grasshoppers to feen her. On the day of parent night, we saved the day’s catch till just before the parents came into the classroom. I was explaining curriculum when someone spotted the pet feasting. She had one grasshopper in each arm, taking alternating bites. My ploy worked. I didn’t have to speak any more as the parents were gathered around the tank.

    Our young custodian told me one afternoon that he’d given my mantis a little brother the evenine before. Poor little brother. He was not a companion but a meal.

  2. Mr Mantis is a beautiful color, but his stare creeps me out. He looks deadly. Love the butterfly and ducks, as well.

  3. Intriguing fellow ~ how congenial of him to pose for you. In light of the first comment, I wonder if he’s smiling at you, or licking his chops? Great entry for Odd Shots. ThanX for stopping by.

  4. LOVE these photos. What did you use to take them. Wow…

  5. Ezcellent photo. When I see these magnificent creatures in person, their “looks” speak great intelligence to me. Maybe they are not, but they seem like it.

  6. Beautiful photo, fantastic images and colors!
    Thanks for your post and support in TODAY’S FLOWERS!
    Hope you come back every weeks and post marvelous flowers!

    Have a nice week!

  7. What awesome closeups! I don’t think I have been so close to this insect! The detail is remarkable! Excellent!

  8. OH that is truly amazing .. I am SO impressed he stayed there while you macro’d him for us to see!

  9. hehehe
    Seems to be saying “Go away. Don’t bug me!”

  10. Haha! That is such a great capture!! Fun and a perfect odd shot! :)

  11. Thanks to all for taking the time to visit my blog and comment on my Odd Shots photo!

    Katney: Thank you for clarifying the name and for the wonderful story.

    B. Roan: The stare creeps me out too.

    diXymiss: He was probably licking his chops!

    Michelle: Nikon D40, 200mm zoom, was the choice this time.

    Potted Frog: I think they look like they belong on Doctor Who. :)

    Luiz: It was my pleasure and you can bank on me coming back!

    Daryl: He was fearless and sat there for at least 10 minutes.

    Louis: LOL!

    Urban Buddha: It was fun taking the pictures too.

  12. Gemma, I’m sorry I missed you! I’ve never been that close to one either. They are very funny looking!

  13. Wow..awesome. I don’t even know what to say. wow wow wow

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