I have posted a long time ago about the time when I encountered a Praying Mantis munching its way through a wasp in the hedgerow of the garden here in Auckland. At that time I didn’t have quite as good a camera lens (or understanding thereof) as I do now.
More recently I had the fun of spending time watching quite a large one on the fence and here are a couple of my favourite photographs. Hope you like them!
No other insect seems to be happy to look down the barrel of a lens at you like the Praying Mantis, with no hint of running away. Almost like they know they are top of their little food chain, come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough! After birds, they are probably my favourite creature to watch.
I even had a tiny (1cm approx) baby one sat on my finger a few weeks ago quite happily cleaning its legs like it owned the place, too small for me to photograph but incredible to witness.
Beautiful, amazing, awesome!