Praying Mantis (Stagmomantis carolina)

Praying Mantis face 3

Camera: Canon 1D X
Exposure: 1/40
Aperture: f/10
Focal Length: 100mm
ISO: 100

The benefits of doing yard work is that sometimes you run across an interesting photographic subject.  In this case, Stagmomantis carolina, one of the coolest and most alien looking insects in the animal kingdom.

I’m always glad to find these in the garden and this one was phenomenally interesting to watch as a fly was buzzing around our photo session.  I was rather shocked at 1) how good their vision was in seeing and orienting to the fly and 2) how fast the mantids can actually move.  If these things were any larger, they’d be terrifying.

 

Mantis 1

Camera: Canon 1D X
Exposure: 1/160
Aperture: f/4.0
Focal Length: 100mm
ISO: 100

 

Praying Mantis in grass 2

Camera: Canon 1D X
Exposure: 1/200
Aperture: f/20
Focal Length: 100mm
ISO: 800

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