Sunday, September 22, 2019

Praying Mantis

Here are some of the praying mantises of the summer of 2019.
This one is doing a good job of blending in.
Watching me. Click to enlarge.
A poem by Ogden Nash: 

From whence arrived the praying mantis? 
From outer space or lost Atlantis?
glimpse the grin, green metal mug
at masks the pseudo-saintly bug,
Orthropterous, also carnivorous,
And faintly whisper, Lord deliver us. 

The other day a mantis appeared on one of my windows. I took its picture, just a silhouette without the usual tangled background of leaves. It was easy to isolate with Photoshop to make graphics like this one. Reminds me of the Karate Kid in this pose.
And this. Gotta love a little mantis art, right?

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