Montana Outdoors

September 17, 2009

It’s not always easy being green!

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: — montucky @ 9:36 pm

This pretty green visitor is missing half of one of its front legs, but seems to be doing quite well anyway.

Mantis

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  1. He’s cute. On the photo challenge, did you get the chance to read the tale of the drawing of a seven legged spider in lieu of paying a bill? If not, here is a version of it.
    http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=665847

    Seems that I remember that the spider drawing wound up on e-bay. Or perhaps that is my imagination??

    YET, if you google the tale, you will wind up with references to e-bay along with it. 😀

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    Comment by Iona — September 17, 2009 @ 11:46 pm

    • The link worked for me. That’s a funny but interesting story. David obviously had fun with it!

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      Comment by montucky — September 18, 2009 @ 6:56 pm

  2. Well, it appears that link didn’t work out. Try googling “The tale of the seven legged spider” and you will get it.

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    Comment by Iona — September 17, 2009 @ 11:47 pm

  3. Green is “in!” ;o)

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    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to The Click — September 18, 2009 @ 12:57 am

    • It is, isn’t it! This is one “green” though that isn’t all hype!

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      Comment by montucky — September 18, 2009 @ 6:56 pm

  4. Excellent color and detail on this one, Terry! Two thumbs up!

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    Comment by edvatza — September 18, 2009 @ 4:23 am

    • The little green guy was on the house right next to the door and really showed up. He was on the clematis today about a foot away and since he matches the leaf color exactly, I suppose he will be in residence there until winter. I hope so.

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      Comment by montucky — September 18, 2009 @ 6:58 pm

  5. Interesting critter! Nature never fails to fascinate me.

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    Comment by Cedar — September 18, 2009 @ 8:01 am

    • Me too, Cedar! The large array of visiting critters are a big reason why we love living where we do. For the last week we have had daily visits from two families of wild turkeys (11 in all) and they seem to have adopted us. Now they ignore me when I go outside.

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      Comment by montucky — September 18, 2009 @ 7:01 pm

  6. Ah great shot! I was playing with a praying mantis the other day after I saved it from being eaten by one of our dogs. It wouldn’t hold still long enough for me to photograph scurrying up the tree. Neat green critters.

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    Comment by Anna Surface — September 18, 2009 @ 11:46 am

    • A few years ago we were visited by a mantis who was calm enough that we could feed it insects by hand. This one is a little more nervous.

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      Comment by montucky — September 18, 2009 @ 7:02 pm

  7. cool!

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    Comment by kateri — September 18, 2009 @ 6:12 pm

    • They are. I would like to have a whole bunch more of them around to control the other insects, especially in mosquito season.

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      Comment by montucky — September 18, 2009 @ 7:03 pm

  8. Slightly more menacing than Kermit.

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    Comment by scienceguy288 — September 18, 2009 @ 8:39 pm

  9. I write this evening to ask that you stop by my blog, please. I have something there for you. 😀

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    Comment by Iona — September 19, 2009 @ 11:45 pm

  10. Awww, poor guy. But don’t insects grow their missing limbs back?

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    Comment by Candace — September 20, 2009 @ 12:00 am

    • I don’t know if they do or not. This one seems to be doing just fine though. If it stays around I will see if the arm regenerates.

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      Comment by montucky — September 21, 2009 @ 8:13 pm

  11. Cool photo! Looks alien! I wonder how it will survive a Montana winter?

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    Comment by Maureen — September 20, 2009 @ 7:50 pm

    • I don’t know if this species survives in the adult form or not. If not, it’s life expectancy is growing pretty short. We hit 32 last night.

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      Comment by montucky — September 21, 2009 @ 8:14 pm

  12. How beautiful he is..just catching up with your photos for the last few weeks. Had a project that kept me away from my “regulars”..so many blogs/photos, so little time.

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    Comment by SuzieQ — September 20, 2009 @ 9:50 pm

    • I know what you mean. I’ve been buried with projects lately and have gotten way behind too. So much to do before winter!

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      Comment by montucky — September 21, 2009 @ 8:15 pm


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