Nature's Place

Preyer On Blue

Preying Mantis, on the blue flowered butterfly bush. Doing what preyers do … sitting, waiting, attacking at opportunity. Preying …

*Click on the pictures for a proper look … and click again

She doesn’t move much, unnecessarily. But when she does, towards prey, she is very fast. And often, her prey is faster than she is. Such is life …

Inspecting her reflection in the lens a few inches away? Maybe, maybe not, but she is certainly aware I (whatever presents in her perception or sense as ‘I’) am present.

She got used to me quick enough, was able to photograph her from a few inches and pick her up with ease.

Hello beauty, time to bow out of this conversation. Preyer on blue, and the observer unseen.

And on to the next event, the next necessity. … What we do. Us preyers, and prayers.

On the blue butterfly bush, where she sits and waits for what sustains her in her instinctive purpose, to live and live again.

She is one of the first to appear in the garden, so when the flowers are spent on one butterfly bush I give her a lift to the next.

What else visits the flowers takes its chances, and she is fast when she needs to be. Spiked arms flicking out to catch what comes.

But everything at that size is fast, when it comes to survival. So there’s no guarantee, of any kind, to anything.

Only death is certain, eventually. And death is just the end of the struggle to survive.

For a preyer …

© Mark BerkeryClick on those pictures for a closer lookand click again.



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  1. kopfundgestalt said, on 19/03/2022 at 10:25 am

    The Last pic especially is nice 😀

  2. Lunar Euphoria said, on 30/11/2021 at 6:43 am

    They are so cool until they grow mutant-sized and jump on you kamikaze-like. Mercy!!

    • Mark said, on 30/11/2021 at 3:40 pm

      Haha, kamikaze mantis in the garden. Thank god they aren’t so ideological or emotional.

  3. theartblogger54 said, on 27/11/2021 at 6:00 am

    Superb pix as usual

  4. picpholio said, on 26/11/2021 at 9:14 pm

    A real wonder of nature and great macro shots !

    • Mark said, on 29/11/2021 at 8:13 pm

      Indeed it is, an amazing thing. Thanks …

  5. Laura said, on 26/11/2021 at 10:34 am

    Love these photos…the mantis has always been a favorite of mine! 😊

    • Mark said, on 26/11/2021 at 10:53 am

      Haha … I usually correct obvious mistakes. :-)

      Thanks Laura.

  6. Simon joshua said, on 26/11/2021 at 9:34 am


  7. pflanzwas said, on 26/11/2021 at 9:13 am

    Amazing and wonderful pictures, so personal :-) ! A beauty “in” blue. I am enthralled!!! Almuth

  8. kopfundgestalt said, on 26/11/2021 at 8:59 am

    Again great pics.
    They say the human brain is sort of a multiple fixed thing.
    Same comes to mind if you Look at Such an insect 😀

    • Mark said, on 26/11/2021 at 10:51 am

      Thanks Gerhard, appreciated. Perhaps … :-)

  9. ecopoet said, on 26/11/2021 at 8:47 am


    • Mark said, on 26/11/2021 at 10:50 am

      :-) Indeed, amazing creature up close, on blue.

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