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Thursday August 29, 2013

Williams, OR (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: Mantis (also praying mantis) noun (plural same or mantises) a slender predatory insect with a triangular head, typically waiting motionless for prey with its forelegs folded like hands in prayer. [Mantis religiosa (southern Europe) and many other species, suborder Mantodea.] ORIGIN C17: modern Latin, from Greek, literally 'prophet'.

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14. snosno
6:38 PM GMT on August 30, 2013
Very dapper looking! Also a great shot, Julia.
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13. Doesiedoats
3:30 PM GMT on August 30, 2013
Thanks, Shirley!

My only fear was that I might harm it
in some way, so was very careful.
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12. WeatherWise
3:20 PM GMT on August 30, 2013
Great capture! Wow! Never thought
of moving them. Great photo op!
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11. Doesiedoats
2:45 PM GMT on August 30, 2013
Fortunately I'm not freaked out by most
bugs, snakes, etc, BUT I can't stand the
moths fluttering around my face. That does
freak me out.

Thanks for looking, Eileen!
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10. YouKnowWho
2:40 PM GMT on August 30, 2013
Very cool...love the story, too...but I think I'd freak out being so close to one of these guys!
GREAT capture!
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9. Doesiedoats
2:24 PM GMT on August 30, 2013
Thank you so much for clarifying that
point, Kathy.

I was hoping you would see this and join
in.

It must be a blast to see and participate
in such a birthing.

Thanks, again!
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8. ChrisAnthemum
2:17 PM GMT on August 30, 2013
Beautiful portrait of this magnificent creature, Julia! 5th 10! Correction on one point; I don't buy the egg cases because I find several of them in my garden each fall. Usually I bring them up to the front porch and put them in a flower pot so I can keep track of them over the winter, and that's how I get the photos of baby mantises hatching in spring.

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7. Doesiedoats
2:03 PM GMT on August 30, 2013
My pleasure, Betsy.

By the way, I believe Kathy, ChrisAnthenum,
does buy eggs and releases them in the early
Spring.

It would be fun to release the Mantus and some
Ladybugs.
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6. luvne32
2:00 PM GMT on August 30, 2013
Amazing that it did not fly away, although that must require a lot of relative energy for such a large insect. If I grew a vegetable garden, I would send away for mantis cases to help keep down the damaging insects. Thanks for the background, Julia.
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5. Doesiedoats
1:56 PM GMT on August 30, 2013
Thanks, Mary!
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4. newenglandlight
1:54 PM GMT on August 30, 2013
Great shot of your friendly little visitor!
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3. Doesiedoats
1:49 PM GMT on August 30, 2013
Me too! Although I seen them infrequently,
they are very nice to have around.

Story Line: I found this little guy in my
kitchen helping himself to leftover crumbs
from a lunch sandwich plate. Well know you what
we do, grab the camera and have a photo shoot.

I took a few inside on the plate and then when
he climbed the cork bulletin board I decided I
had best move him before Buttons (cat) found him.

I coaxed him onto a wood spatula and took him
outside to the Juniper bush for the rest of his
photo session.

When I had the lens barrel up close and personal
in his face, he kept trying to climb on, so I had
to back off. We played together for about 10 minutes
before I left to the wilds.

Thanks, Sharon and Betsy, for looking and writing.
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2. luvne32
1:49 PM GMT on August 30, 2013
I have never seen one, maybe live too far north. Fun to see an insect 3-4 in. long! I like the whole view of it.
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1. nanapoo
1:45 PM GMT on August 30, 2013
I love seeing these! Just never seems to be a good photo op when I do. This is perfect!
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I’m a native Oregonian, born in Tillamookand reared in the greater Portland area.After working in the Bay Area in thesemi-conductor industry as a Human ResourcesRepresentative, my husband and I retired in 1999, returned to Southern Oregon and settledin the Williams area.Photography interests started early on with aKodak Box camera and later a Kodak 616 givento me by my father, a semi-professional photo-grapher. After many years of film cameras, theadvent of digital photography has expanded myinterest in the hobby. My two favorite camerasare the Nikon Coolpix P500 and the PanasonicLumix DMC-FZ100.The Pacifica Gardens property has become thepreferred subject of my photography becauseof its natural beauty. I have captured allfour seasons over the past twelve years. I’mpleased to be able to share some of thosephotos with my WU friends.************************************************

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