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Orchid mantis on spiral shoot

By Angi_Wallace    
Today is a sad day as my male Orchid mantis passed away over night, he lived his full life at about 4-5 months old ( females live longer up to 8 months) This is a pic I took of him just last night because his eyes were so vivid and deep dark pink - through the day his eyes were almost completely white. Ive so enjoyed keeping him and watching him grow, learning about his species, he brought me a lot of pleasure and will be missed.

Tags: Insect Pet Close-up and macro Preying mantis Invertebrate Orchid Mantis

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kaybee Plus
16 7.6k 26 Scotland
14 Aug 2019 10:40AM
Such a shame - but a super picture.
Irishkate Plus
10 44 118 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2019 11:31AM
Amazing photography and so sorry for your loss.
Joline Plus
14 30 59 United States
14 Aug 2019 12:21PM
You certainly got a great image to remember him by. I am amazed at how you could pose him.
Angi_Wallace Plus
12 303 11 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2019 1:54PM

Quote:You certainly got a great image to remember him by. I am amazed at how you could pose him.

Thanks, sometimes he would just walk onto whatever plant stem I put in front of him, other times he would move away, he was always in charge of where he went, I just offered a variety of things for him to climb - after that it was a game of patience to see if he moved to somewhere on a plant that would make a good photograph and whether he was in a wandering mood or sitting still mood. He naturally sat waiting for his food items ( flies) to come near then he would snatch them out of the air.
chase Plus
15 2.1k 541 England
14 Aug 2019 3:10PM
That's sad, but it's life Sad
Still, you have immortalised him in all his glory.
DaveNewbury 3 5 3 England
14 Aug 2019 10:44PM
Lovely image Angi.

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