Sunday, October 16, 2011

Praying Mantis

I think he is praying and smiling...I am also.

Praying Mantis have triangular heads,
poised on a long "neck", or elongated thorax.

These are typically green or brown,
this guy was both!! 

Mantis can turn their heads 180 degrees to scan their surroundings!!

The adult female sometimes eats her mate,
just after - or even during - mating!!
Now that's interesting!!

These photo's were taken on October 6, 2011, during a visit to the Manasquan Reservoir.

I am having an exacerbation of my Multiple Sclerosis,

I've had two seizures and my legs are not working,
otherwise, I am dandy!!


Jill said...

Dear, dear Debbie: First off, these photos are AMAZING! I've never thought of them as cute until seeing YOUR photos!

More importantly...take good care of yourself, hon. Wish I could pop on by to help you. I know you're in good hands with your hubby but still. Sending you hugs and prayers!

Negerigeletschtempoit said...

An amazing set of pictures, Debbie! I loved the close up of her face, but the idea of eating her mate is mean, isn't it?

I can only think of an exciting moment of: "Ohh, you are sooo good I could eat you!" and then: bingo! She does it!

I pray that you feel better soon!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Love those photos! Thank you so much for your card! I never heard from my partner, so it was an extra sweet treat to get something from you :-)

I do hope you feel much better soon!

TexWisGirl said...

these are gorgeous images! really well done!!!

and thank you for telling us what's going on. i do appreciate your honesty, even though i know you'd probably prefer to remain silent about it. :) hugs to you and chuck!

Saun said...

Great shots they are gorgeous!!!

Sorry to hear your under the weather take care. Hope your feeling better soon.....

Ruth Hiebert said...

These are fantastic pictures. Oh,Debbie,I hope this doesn't last too long. Be well my friend.
Prayers going up for you.

Ellie said...

Debbie your pictures are wonderful as usual. Not only that you gave me a lesson on the praying mantis as well. Can't ask for more than that. lol.

Take good care of yourself by bloggy friend. Sorry to hear to not so well at the moment.

eileeninmd said...

Debbie, what a great sighting. They are cool critters. usually they blend in well, great find. Your photos are fantastic. I hope you are having a great Sunday!

Farm Girl said...

I was thinking about you and wondering if you might be having something going on. Well, other than those things I am glad you are just dandy.

Our Praying Mantis population is going great guns right now as I see the females looking to lay eggs.
The sure get aggressive when they are like that. They just want to take me on. Silly bugs!

I will be praying for you and your recovery.

Louisette said...

Georgous fotos , in my chilhood we have several praying mantis ,greeting from belgium Nice blog.

Blessed Serendipity said...

Hi Debbie. So sorry you are having flareups with your MS and seizures. I hope you will be feeling better today. I love your praying mantis. He is cute.


Karen said...

Hi Debbie,
I KNEW something was happening, I hadn't seen a post here in a couple of days. I am so so sorry to hear that the MonSter has reared it's ugly head. Are you going to try steroids? You are in my prayers and thoughts, and I hope the relapse subsides quickly.
And...that is the happiest praying mantis I have ever seen.

Maude Lynn said...

Fabulous shots!

Hope you feel better soon!

Clytie said...

This really is the happiest praying mantis I've ever seen too! What wonderful shots you got.

I'm sorry you're not feeling well. I will be thinking of you and praying for you as well.

Love and Peace.

Julie G. said...

Oh dear ... I'm so sorry to hear you are having issues with your MS. Sending warm, comforting hugs your way and wishing you a speedy recovery.

Love the Praying Mantis series! I noticed a lot of these on our property a couple of weeks ago. They really are fascinating insects. Great photographs! I especially favor the face close-ups.

My thoughts are with you ...

Dianna said...

I don't think I've ever seen such close-up shots of a praying mantis. He's rather comical looking!!
So sorry to hear you aren't feeling well. Sending prayers your way.

Bonnie said...

I've been out of town, but for some reason I felt like something was going on. Keeping you in my thoughts.

The praying mantis is really adorable. I love the look on it's face. Hugs! Bonnie

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Hi Debbie, I'm so sorry you aren't feeling very good now. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers for this to end and for you to be back to your old self! I like your praying mantis. I had one trying to climb my window a couple of weeks ago, but he slipped and fell off! I missed getting his photo, he fell before I could get the camera ready.

Reena said...

Great photos Debbi and I always love your upbeat, positive energy! Hope all gets better soon!

Nancy said...

I'm so sorry you are not feeling well, Debbie. I hope things get better soon.

As far as the badge thing -- let me know which photo you would like made into a badge for your blog and I'll be happy to make one for you. :)

Adrienne said...

Take good care... 'mantis' and I are praying for you!

NancyHoho said...

Hi Debbie, I check your blog daily now through my email & it doesn't give me the option to comment. Believe me, I have uttered many comments to myself about your photographs and how spectacular they are becoming. Secondly, I want you to know Mark & Debbie have asked about you. I've given them both your blog info. Thirdly, please call me if you ever want some company. I am almost always available to stop by if Chuck will be away & you don't want to be alone. 732-966-5598 also my email is I hope you're doing ok & not only taking one day at a time but embracing those days too. Please, please, please contact me anytime. Love, Nanc xo

Anonymous said...

I hope you are feeling better...I hate to hearing this. Hugs to you my friend.

What fantastic photos! Those close up face shots are just awesome!!!

Louann said...

This was fun walking down memory lane. Happy Blogoversary! The pictures of the praying mantis are amazing.
I have copied the gooey butter cake recipe into my recipe file and look forward to making it someday.
You continue to amaze me through your adversities you still manage to brighten up the day for so many friends and followers.
I hope this little set back is short-lived and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
I love, love, love my note cards.

Anonymous said...

that is one amazing creature! i could never get that close i dont think! great shots! I hope you are feeling better.... they can take your legs, but never your spirit! Thinking of you xoxo... Amy