This guy is one of the best friends a gardener can have …a hungry Praying Mantis. They do no harm to plants (or people, for that matter), but they love to dine on the nasty insects that like to ravage our precious plants and flowers.
This Mantis was found in my next door neighbor’s flower garden, just before sunset. The creature was quite cooperative, posing nearly motionless for several minutes as I took a bunch of macro shots.
This macro photo was captured on August 30th, 2011 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. It was taken with a Canon EOS 10D through a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM 1:1 Macro prime lens. The shutter speed was 1/8th sec at f/8. The camera’s ISO was set to 400. A Manfrotto tripod and “pistol grip” head were also used.
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