by: rose marie
October 23, 2011
Today’s picture is of a creature that we have graciously named “praying mantis”. A grasshopper look-a-like endowed with predatory qualities.
If you observe the “out of proportion” size of head versus body and head versus limbs you get the impression that somewhere along the line something has gone wrong. On the other hand you can also state that because of this peculiar built, the animal will completely dissolve into it’s green background while doing what nature intended it to do.
This creature can sit for hours and not move at all as if in deepest meditation, hence it’s name, and wait for it’s prey to move into its action sphere.
They feed on insects and other small animals, three times their size, and keep them captive in their spiked forelegs until they can bite off the victim’s head.
Having the opportunity to study them and to make pictures of them is a blessing in itself, whether or not they are “praying” or “preying”….
Still not quite sure on why I have chosen this picture for today, besides that it is a capture of a being that I had not been able to have in my portfolio yet.
It will become clear why it showed up in my life and on my blog for a reason. When I will have more on this I will certainly share ….