Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

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Praying Mantis.

A cricket jumped on the praying mantis I was watching. Despite the praying mantis being described as an aggressive predator of crickets, this male remained uninterested as the cricket moved over it and the on another plant. I think it was because a female was in the area. I swear I watched about 30 bugs/food sources float right in front of its deadly claws and he never showed the least interest in killing...

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10 responses

  1. These are soooo beautiful! Breathtaking for a bug girl!

    September 18, 2011 at 8:14 am

  2. Amy

    Cool! Jake saw one at school the other day, so unusual on the concrete wall!!

    September 18, 2011 at 8:59 am

    • melissakoski

      Oh how fun for Jake! I still giggle thinking about when there was one of Jack Skeba’s window screen and Jodi found it after he made her go outside and check the bushes for the bear. (:

      September 18, 2011 at 6:03 pm

  3. wow! great stuff!

    September 18, 2011 at 11:04 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Rev. I couldn’t find them today.

      September 18, 2011 at 6:01 pm

  4. WOW!! Super great pictures, Melissa.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Bob!

      September 18, 2011 at 6:00 pm

  5. melissakoski

    They’re so fun to watch. One was extending it’s wings showing a cool clear and black part of the wings.

    September 18, 2011 at 6:04 pm

  6. Sue McB

    Great capture.

    September 18, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    • melissakoski

      Thanks so much Sue.

      September 18, 2011 at 9:45 pm

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