Monday, September 29, 2008

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Mourning Doves enjoying the sun

Mantis likes THIS tasty sort of butterfly.

Can you see the butterfly wing just about in the shade?? It's not a fresh one.. but Mantis had just eaten off his soft head when I snapped this picture. I reached down and Mantis snapped at ME!! I'm soft & fleshy too..EEEK

Another shot..see the wing above???
A Walking Stick ..hubby took these pics

Ctenomorpha chronus
Scientific classification
PhasmatodeaJacobson & Bianchi, 1902
The Phasmatodea (sometimes called Phasmida) are an order of insects, whose members are variously known as stick insects (in Europe), walking sticks or stick-bugs (in the United States of America), phasmids, ghost insects and leaf insects (generally the family Phylliidae). The ordinal name is derived from the Greek "phasma" meaning an apparition or phantom, and refers to the resemblance of many species to sticks or leaves. Their natural camouflage can make them extremely difficult to spot. A few species (for example those in the genus Anisomorpha) are capable of secreting a substance from glands on the metathorax that can cause an intense burning irritation of the eyes (and in some cases temporary blindness) and mouth of potential predators on contact.


Diane said...

I don't think I'd like to have the mantis around. I didn't realize they were so big! What is the walking stick? A type of spider?
Hope you're able to enjoy the day today.

Jayne said...

I don't think I've ever seen one so big either...WOW! Have a beautiful day Deena. :c)

Cheryl said...

What an informative and interesting post.....I love the mantis shots, showing nature in its raw state....

Fabulous post.....

Donna said...

Great nature photos!

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Deena,

Wonderful nature shots! Got lots of mantises around here, and walking sticks galore. Just took a picture of a stick pretending to be an antenna.

Have lots of oaks around here, and at this time of the year all the sticks come down from the oak trees. They're everywhere.

Thank you much for visiting me. I live in the woods and love nature. So glad to have found your blog. Please visit again.

Have a wonderful weekend.


The Birdlady said...

Mornin, Deena...Hope this will be a good day for you.

Mary said...


I love praying mantis, walking sticks and especially butterflies. Kudos to Rich for taking such great shots. I hope you are able to see lots of birds through your window.

Praying for you. Enjoy the sights, sounds and fragrances of autumn.

Love and hugs,

katie said...

Oh I love your nature blog. Great photo's. Beautiful birds, some of my favorites also are hummingbirds. But a sweet chick a dee and cardinal are hard to beat.
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