Monday, December 03, 2012

A fitting (and spitting) farewell

A spitting farewell
This is the same sweet Iris oratoria that I blogged about here. A couple of weeks ago, I returned her to the same plant at the arboretum where I had found her. I tried to get one farewell shot of her, and as I was (and still am) getting used to using my new iPhone camera, it was kind of tricky.

I tried poking and prodding her to get her into a better position. She got tired of that pretty quick, and opened her wings in a threat display. Of course, I consider her open wings to be more beautiful than threatening, and as I fiddled with my camera, she relaxed a little and started to close her wings.

"No, no, wait!" I said, and goosed her again. The wings shot back up, but she added a yucky black spit bubble for good measure. I had forgotten that these mantids will do that sometimes. Yuck. Well, this is probably my last mantid photo of the season.

Here's to next year!
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