A praying mantis(Mantis religiosa)photographed during sunrise,yesterday.Spain.


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  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyalmost 2 years ago

    beautiful and amazing shot with that sky behind. where do you find all those subjects? I try to find big and colorful insects arond here but always find the same tiny and boring ones like flies and bees. nothing really exciting. you are just lucky or you keep them home? lol

  • Luck plays a big part,but I´ve read and learned a lot about certain insect-species so I know where and when I can find them.Praying mantids are my favourites and I know that in this time of year the big females are seeking for places to build their eggcases(ootheca).So you can find them crawling everywhere and they are very easy to spot,not sitting on vegetation and being well camouflaged but, for example, on a road.Also I can find them in our wild garden now and then.I´m not sure but are there mantis species in Canada?Perhaps you need the help of your daughter again to find interesting insects,like the beautiful caterpillar….?:))

    – jimmy hoffman

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenalmost 2 years ago

    Brilliant shot Jimmy!

  • Thanks Carol:)

    – jimmy hoffman

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyalmost 2 years ago

    ok, I understand what you mean. you have to know about the subject to find the best period to see it. just like those green flashy insects we have here. I find it only during april and may and I know where exactly.
    we have praying mantis here but I saw it only couple of times in my life. always a luck to see one.
    thanks for the tips and also thanks for adding me in your watchlist ;)

  • Yes,it´s a kind of beetle(Ground beetles.Fam.Carabidae).I like them too.Here in Spain I know a similar species,but less flashy.Indeed you can find these predators in early spring.They are very fastmoving and difficult to photograph.I hope to take extreme close-up pictures of their heads with my one day.They have very big and sharp mandibles for seizing their prey.
    Thanks and I hope you´ll find a lot of interesting insects very soon!

    – jimmy hoffman

  • carol brandt
    carol brandtalmost 2 years ago

    beautifully shot in silhouette jimmy .. another ripper for your collection :)

  • Thanks Carol.:)

    – jimmy hoffman

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