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Blue: Praying From the Bottom, Up


Do you suppose she is praying for her tasty, uhm, dearly departed mate?

Oops! OC, the scientist, says that this is likely a male Mantis.
He says he believes that the abdomen is too small for a female.
So ….
Do you suppose he’s looking for his mate for a little pre-dinner romp?
(One assumes he doesn’t know what’s on the menu.)

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I offer this Praying Mantis as a dual post
Anna’s Project Blue
Jeremiah’s, From the Ground, Up.

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. It’s an incredible shot!!
    thanks so much for your kind words on my blog.
    Oh, and what a flashback!! although I am sorry it was that post… I remembered it when I started reading it again…
    Wishing you a wonderful Monday!!

  2. I forgot ! thanks for all your comments ! Early morning now I switch off my loudspeakers ! During the day I only wake up my 25 h sleeping cats !

  3. For sure, the poor male mantis never gets to offer dinner and a show. Then again there’s something to be said for clear expectations and no wallet.

  4. Brian — I don’t know how this came out so well because when it stretched out toward me I automatically jumped away.

    Melli — ah, get up. It was pure luck and I am amazed, not amazing!

    Mar — that flashback no longer causes me pain — or seldom causes me pain — I pretty much worked through the final issues when I composed it.

    Gattina — thank you. I am surprised he came out so well since I’m a bit fearful of them myself. Cat’s really only wake for food call, don’t they?

    Doug — there have to be better ways of saving money.

  5. That looks like an exercise ball, not that I would know, but maybe he’s resting or falling off of it like I would! I love Brian’s Olympic Dive! LOL

    Fantastic photographer you are!!!

  6. I put up a few Mantis photos weeks ago for Camera Critters. He was just hanging out on the side of my house.

    Your photo is priceless! The detail is amazing and the blue just adds to the mantis’ beauty.

  7. Dianne — I’ll look for them when I visit.

    Doug — whew! I thought you meant the male mantis was lucky that he didn’t have to spring for dinner! Maybe I should have said there have got to be better ways of getting lucky!

  8. Shelly — thank you.

    Lesley — thank you.

    Juliana — he chose the background, I just took the photo.

    Carletta — — thank you.

    Dr. John — foolish fellows.

    VE — his lady will take care of that.

    SN — ? — the males are, from the females, but as to the species, I didn’t know they were ever endangered. However, thanks to your question I trotted off the Wikiedia and found this: Only one Spanish species, Apteromantis aptera, is listed as Lower Risk/Near Threatened.

  9. The abdomen is too small for a female? What does THAT mean? Is he saying we are all FAT??? roflmao…. okay… I’ll believe him that it’s a male. I wonder if his dinner mate told him to wear a little salt and pepper to dinner this evening? haha.

  10. Betty — thank you.

    Gina — thank you.

    Alice — OC refused to respond when I posed your question.

    Annette — thank you.

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