Monday, 5 May 2014

Preying Mantis

I found this preying mantis laying eggs on a brick fence just outside our house.



You can find more macro shots at Macro Monday 2 and I Heart Macro.  SM

24 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

how neat! have never seen them laying eggs before.

Revrunner said...

It will be a while before I see this first of these emerge here.

Marcia said...

We have praying mantis here too but I wouldn't recognize the egg sack. Neat photo.

Montanagirl said...

That's pretty cool. Nice shots!

Sylvia K said...

What a cool capture indeed, Stewart!! You do manage to get some wonderful, different shots! Thanks for sharing! Have a great new week!

Jane of Levant said...

Hello Michael - lovely pictures - what beautiful colours - looks a little like our grasshoppers - have a good weekend - Jane UK

Linda W. said...

Wow - what a cool discovery! Nice photos.

Anni said...

Oh, I am certainly glad I stopped by today. This post is awesome Stewart.

Pieni Lintu said...

So cool - we don't have those here in Finland. :)

Fun60 said...

Not only are they great photos but what keen eyes you must have to have spotted it in the first place.

Naquillity said...

what an exciting find you've been able to document. you'll have to watch that spot for the birth so you can document it as well. wonderful images... have a great day~

eileeninmd said...

They are cool insects, great sighting and capture! Have a happy week!

Susan said...

Wow, Stewart how cool! What a find, you have a keen eye indeed.
I love insects and in our former garden used to find these alien-looking fellows and try to photograph their faces :D)

Small City Scenes said...

Very interesting she said hiding behind a large shrub. MB

Pieni Lintu said...

You are right - those trains are from IKEA. ;)

Irma said...

Beautiful shots Stewart.
Have a great week.
Greetings Irma

Optimistic Existentialist said...


I've always found the Praying Mantis to be among the most fascinating creatures on the planet. Great captures Stewart.

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

How interesting. Great timing that you got photos of it.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Perfect timing. I've only seen one of these (not laying eggs) once or twice in my life -- they are amazing creatures.

edenhills said...

What a great discovery! I do hope you will let us know if they hatch!

Marie said...

Is she laying an eggsack? Or am I way off here.:-) Nice shots. Good to see you again Stewart. I had a rough year last year Stewart, and got away from blogging a lot at times. This year...new camera and better focus! (pun not intended :-) ) I'm sorry if I ignored you and so many others.

Pat Tillett said...

I've never seen that before. When I see one of these, they way they turn their head towards you makes it look like they are thinking.

I'm not thrilled about them since I found out that they kill and eat humming birds....

Hannah said...

She looks big... I have only seen a couple in my garden in 20 years. My DIL has an egg case in a jar, they are supposed to hatch out sometime. I guess they eat a lot of bad bugs, but do they also eat bees?

Laura said...

Wonderful Stewart… I haven't seen a praying mantis in a very long time. Thanks for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro… week 52 opens tonight:-)