Montana Outdoors

October 8, 2010

“It’s not easy being green…”

Filed under: Nature — Tags: , — montucky @ 10:27 pm

Well, maybe for this guy it is.

Praying Mantis



  1. Very cool! Green definitly works for him!


    Comment by kateri — October 9, 2010 @ 3:57 am

    • It does at the moment, but he will soon have to look pretty hard to find the right background!


      Comment by montucky — October 9, 2010 @ 9:34 am

  2. It is for them! The last time I tried to take a photo of one, it reached up for the camera!


    Comment by sandy — October 9, 2010 @ 6:04 am

    • I moved this one for the photo. For some reason it wanted to climb on one of the window screens. There is still plenty of food available for it with the mild weather we have been having.


      Comment by montucky — October 9, 2010 @ 9:36 am

  3. Wow, what an amazing photo! I saw a giant mantis on our house yesterday, but it was too high up for me to get to (and near a wasps’ nest). I saw it take a swipe at some of the wasps.


    Comment by Cait — October 9, 2010 @ 6:46 am

    • I haven’t seen them go after wasps, but I suppose they know what they’re doing. I like to have them around the garden. This one was about three inches long.


      Comment by montucky — October 9, 2010 @ 9:42 am

  4. The details on the folded wings are superb. Really great capture.


    Comment by iheartfilm — October 9, 2010 @ 11:41 am

    • Thanks! The little creature had a lot of patience for me.


      Comment by montucky — October 9, 2010 @ 12:45 pm

  5. Now this guy definitely is green!! Wow… I think I’m glad they don’t live here though. I’m not exactly a bug kinda gal… though this image is great! ;o)


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — October 9, 2010 @ 11:58 am

    • These are pretty peaceful, unless of course you are an insect. They tolerate being handled as long as you are very gentle with them.


      Comment by montucky — October 9, 2010 @ 12:47 pm

  6. nice!! fun photo


    Comment by silken — October 9, 2010 @ 12:15 pm

    • Yes, they are fun to photograph. I really like seeing them.


      Comment by montucky — October 9, 2010 @ 12:49 pm

  7. That is such a crisp photo, was that with your macro? They’re actually one of the few insects I enjoy seeing.


    Comment by Candace — October 9, 2010 @ 12:59 pm

    • Yes, it was with the macro lens. This guy was calm enough to let me get very close.


      Comment by montucky — October 9, 2010 @ 9:48 pm

  8. Great close-up!


    Comment by knightofswords — October 9, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

  9. What a lovely Praying mantis in its vivid green! Made me smile. I wonder, did the Praying mantis smile for the photo? 🙂 Great macro.


    Comment by Anna — October 9, 2010 @ 6:32 pm

    • I think the mantis was enjoying himself. After the photos I put him back on the window screen and he stayed there for a long time.


      Comment by montucky — October 9, 2010 @ 9:50 pm



    Comment by Sandy — October 9, 2010 @ 6:40 pm

    • Sorry, sandy. I guess sneaking that photo in there among the long range landscapes was a bit of a shock.


      Comment by montucky — October 9, 2010 @ 9:51 pm

  11. Wow! What a great green creature that is!


    Comment by Bo Mackison — October 9, 2010 @ 6:57 pm

    • I’ve always thought they were great! And walking sticks too.


      Comment by montucky — October 9, 2010 @ 9:52 pm

  12. What a handsome green guy… an amazing photo!


    Comment by digitalphotoalbum — October 10, 2010 @ 2:24 am

  13. Hi Montucky, Excellent photography!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — October 10, 2010 @ 11:46 am

    • Thanks! This one was easy, with a willing subject. I’ve always liked the mantis and this one is really a nice example of them.


      Comment by montucky — October 10, 2010 @ 8:55 pm

  14. I love it !!!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — October 13, 2010 @ 1:42 pm

    • We each took a different perspective! I really liked the face views that you chose!


      Comment by montucky — October 13, 2010 @ 2:18 pm

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