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!


  1. You don't know how many shots get deleted for each one that I post!

  2. I take that into account! yet you still get the great shot! :-) Congrats! Aren't we so glad we lived to see digital come into being (among other things).

  3. wow!! i am always amazed at the unbelievable mantid shots you get!! even if you DO take's STILL awesome!! the close ups of their little faces!!

    ok, so i don't think i EVER saw one with her wings spread like that!! and i KNOW i never saw one with a spit bubble coming out her mouth!!
    OH the things we endure...for the LOVE of bugs!! haha!!

    Fare thee well little Iris Oratoria!! =:)

  4. Awesome! My sister and I saw one with the wings spread like this once when we were teenagers. I've tried to find images of it and this is the first I've seen. I was so excited to see this!! Thanks for all your awesome bug images!!

  5. What an interesting blog. You have fantastic pics in it :)
    Have a really nice day!


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