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Sep 6, 2020 12:03:23   #
Mark Sturtevant Loc: Grand Blanc, MI
 
I've got mantises too. This one in my back yard, no less. She is 4 1/4" long, and they get bigger. Her wing does that. This is me talking to her: "Whose a good girl? You are! You are!"


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Sep 6, 2020 12:11:08   #
Country Boy Loc: Beckley, WV
 
Nice, that is a big one!

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Sep 6, 2020 12:12:59   #
dennis2146 Loc: So California/Colorado/Idaho
 
Mark Sturtevant wrote:
I've got mantises too. This one in my back yard, no less. She is 4 1/4" long, and they get bigger. Her wing does that. This is me talking to her: "Whose a good girl? You are! You are!"


That is a great photograph showing the size of the mantis. She is probably getting ready to leap at you to tear your throat out. Oh wait...you are not a caterpillar. Never mind.

Well done,

Dennis

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Sep 6, 2020 12:54:45   #
napabob Loc: Napa CA
 
coolio........!!

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Sep 6, 2020 12:59:50   #
PixelStan77 Loc: Vermont/Chicago
 
Mark Sturtevant wrote:
I've got mantises too. This one in my back yard, no less. She is 4 1/4" long, and they get bigger. Her wing does that. This is me talking to her: "Whose a good girl? You are! You are!"


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Don't close your hand Mark!

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Sep 6, 2020 13:05:55   #
Mark Sturtevant Loc: Grand Blanc, MI
 
PixelStan77 wrote:
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Don't close your hand Mark!

Oh, i would not do that. She always wants to climb, though, and if you wait too long as she walks up your arm then you suddenly have it on your back. Then it gets awkward. :)

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Sep 6, 2020 16:08:24   #
tinusbum Loc: east texas
 
big girl for sure!

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Sep 7, 2020 06:56:39   #
EnglishBrenda Loc: Kent, England
 
Such a priviledge to have a mantis in your hand, nice one handed shot too.

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Sep 7, 2020 08:50:07   #
JRiepe Loc: Southern Illinois
 
Nice shot. I saw another one yesterday a little different than the ones I saw earlier but didn't feel like running in to get the camera. Chances are I'll see it again.

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Sep 7, 2020 14:27:19   #
sippyjug104 Loc: Missouri
 
What a lovely girl you have there.

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Sep 8, 2020 00:32:34   #
sscnxy
 
Mark,
I really appreciate your obvious affinity to the small critters you shoot, and I share your trust of and love for them.


NMY

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Sep 8, 2020 03:40:50   #
BBurns Loc: South Bay, California
 
Mark Sturtevant wrote:
Oh, i would not do that. She always wants to climb, though, and if you wait too long as she walks up your arm then you suddenly have it on your back. Then it gets awkward. :)
I hatch Chinese mantis often in my garden.
They have a tendency to space themselves out, one per bush. And they are cannibalistic.
If you start early on, when they are nymphs, they become accustomed to being handled.
The big females make great photo subjects. Males are much more prone to fly.

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Sep 10, 2020 15:47:30   #
Muddyvalley Loc: McMinnville, Oregon
 
Very cool! I love your mantis shots & the last post with the "eyes" was especially good!!

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Sep 11, 2020 00:04:32   #
Mark Sturtevant Loc: Grand Blanc, MI
 
Thank you , everybody.
Update: After many photographs, I let the lady go in a nearby field where I know there are others of her kind. But first she was given a very good feeding.
I'm already going thru withdrawal.

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Sep 11, 2020 13:05:52   #
napabob Loc: Napa CA
 
Mark Sturtevant wrote:
Thank you , everybody.
Update: After many photographs, I let the lady go in a nearby field where I know there are others of her kind. But first she was given a very good feeding.
I'm already going thru withdrawal.


know the feeling......😟

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