Eight Inches of Fabulous Phasmid by LouJay

Eight Inches of Fabulous Phasmid by 

We aren’t blessed with visits from these stunning insects very often. I have seen 4 individuals in 7 years here in Pingelly – one was dead, one was wheaten coloured in response to the dryness of vegetation and 2 visited in the space of 8 hours last week!

The first was a magnificent individual I discovered on my curtain in my bedroom late at night – great fearsome wing display and vivid colouring. Then this slightly smaller fellow on the verandah the next morning – lucky not to be stepped on, as it was sluggish in the cool of the morning and not highly visible on the bricks.

Usually they are high in the Wandoo, nibbling on leaves and doing their best to look stickish. The sticky season seems to have made all the critters behave a bit differently.

Fujifilm Finepix S1500 auto, macro

I like to play. I find joy in small things and moments where the edge between conscious looking and subconscious seeing becomes soft enough for me to be there for a moment.

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  • lucin
    lucinabout 3 years ago

    Oh, my gosh. Thanks for sharing. My first insect love as a kid was the preying mantis I saw in a science mag for kids. Swell presentation.

  • I love mantids too! Brainless tho’ they can be. So many I have rescued from spider’s webs, only to find them ensnared and expired in the morning…..Thank you lucin.

    – LouJay

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelabout 3 years ago

    Wow, amazing insect!

  • Isn’t it! Thank you Cindy!

    – LouJay

  • Sybille Sterk
    Sybille Sterkabout 3 years ago

    Great shot. :-)

  • Thank you Sybille!

    – LouJay

  • Naia
    Naiaabout 3 years ago

    intense, and the title music to my ears

  • It was such a beauty – and the one the night before even more so.

    – LouJay

  • Trish Woodford
    Trish Woodfordabout 3 years ago

    This is fabulous Lou….love the green ‘stick insect’ against that wonderfully textured and rustic setting. Great shot!

  • Thank you Trish for constructively commenting! :))

    – LouJay

  • headygirl
    headygirlabout 3 years ago

    what an awesome looking creature.. i dig the background and everything about this photo pretty much

  • Thank you!

    – LouJay

  • Deborah Downes
    Deborah Downesabout 3 years ago

    Stunning macro, Lou. Love the contrast between the very realistic insect and the beautiful abstract background.

  • ooops, now this IS a late thank you!!

    – LouJay

  • UniSoul
    UniSoulover 2 years ago

    Amazing creature, amazing framing and amazing texture… i like this shot! nicely captured :)

  • Thank you!!

    – LouJay

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