The praying mantis is named for its prominent front legs, which are bent and held together at an angle that suggests the position of prayer. The larger group of these insects is more properly called the praying mantids. Mantis refers to the genus mantis, to which only some praying mantids belong. Typically green or brown and well camouflaged on the plants among which they live, mantis lie in ambush or patiently stalk their quarry. They use their front legs to snare their prey with reflexes so quick that they are difficult to see with the naked eye. Their legs are further equipped with spikes for snaring prey and pinning it in place.

I was giddy because i hadn’t seen one of these beauties for years, and I had my Nikon, so I was extra giddy. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get close enough for really great closeups, but I got one really great shot before he jumped off into the bushes. I took this in my back yard in Rockaway, NJ USA with my Nikon D3100 and the Nikon 105mmMacro lens.

I’ve always appreciated nature, but I didn’t show interest in photography until digital started to come into it’s own. I had many cheap cameras over the years, but when I got the Nikon D3100 for my birthday last year, I really started to realize what photography was all about. I’ve had such a blast learning on the go over the past 10 months. I’ve gotten shots that I could have only dreamed of a year ago. I hope you all enjoy my photos, and by all means, BUY SOMETHING! =)

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL work William

  • Thanks as always Larry. =)

    – William Brennan

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 2 years ago

    Nice find . . . great capture!!

  • Thanks lorilee. I’ve only seen a few in my life. Very cool. =)

    – William Brennan

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randallover 2 years ago

    Great capture

  • Thanks Steve. =)

    – William Brennan

  • davvi
    davviover 2 years ago

    beautiful mantis

  • Thanks davvi. It was beautiful. =)

    – William Brennan

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago

    2012/07/10 1 Image per 24hrs
    Beautiful macro capture!

  • Thanks so much Magaret.

    – William Brennan

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumover 2 years ago

    Congratulations, 10/07/2012…Shirley

  • Much appreciated Shirley. =)

    – William Brennan

  • Evita
  • Thanks as always Evita. =)

    – William Brennan

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeover 2 years ago

    It’s a Wow ! I love it…
    Art Quote of the Day
    The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
    Friedrich Nietzsche mentioned:)
    Best regards,

  • Many thanks Sunny! =)

    – William Brennan

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 2 years ago

    Superbly captured well done William.

  • Thanks Julie. I was I was able to get in REALLY close, Oh well. =)

    – William Brennan

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