Nature's Place

Caught Out

This Mantis is usually only ‘seen’ camouflaged against the bark of trees in the bush, in my experience. I followed this fellow around the wall of a building for a while to see what would happen. He didn’t like being corralled but it worked to slow him down for a while and keep him from running away.

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Then this Aphid appeared at a run over the edge of the wall and the Mantis took off after it and snatched it up in a vice like grip crushing it instantly at either end.

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Juicy.

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And tasty. To a Mantis.

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Going.

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Burp!

That’s livin.

© Mark Berkery ……. Click any picture and click again to enlarge

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  1. Karen of morningjoy said, on 29/07/2009 at 8:18 am

    What a thorny body. I can see that he would be well camouflaged on bark. My favorite is the third photo.

  2. Tom said, on 28/07/2009 at 4:24 am

    fantastic shots.


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