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the proverbial bus!

By CarolG  
You stand waiting for a bus which never comes, then all of a sudden two turn up at the same time Smile. This is what happened to me. A grave shortage of mantis this year, I didn't think I was going to spot any, when I saw the little brown one running along the drive, closely followed by my cat! I quickly retrieved him and placed him on a nearby plant, turned around, lo and behold there was a green mantis watching the antics from another plant! A quick photo shoot, and the pair were released into the bougainvillea hedge, safely out of harm's way.

Tags: Wildlife Nature Macro General Close-up Close-up and macro Humour Preying mantis Wildlife and nature Humour and fun

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3 Oct 2012 6:04AM
Pin sharp and most pleasing capture, nicely lit

Lavina

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ugly Plus
8 9 57 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 6:26AM
V2 looks better to my eye....
Very sharp and full of detail...

Great work and timing...

Dave
Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 6:26AM
A time capsule buried at Jersey Zoo in 1988 contains the following popular quote by Durrell, often used in conservation awareness campaigns:

We hope that there will be fireflies and glow-worms at night to guide you and butterflies in hedges and forests to greet you.
We hope that your dawns will have an orchestra of bird song and that the sound of their wings and the opalescence of their colouring will dazzle you.
We hope that there will still be the extraordinary varieties of creatures sharing the land of the planet with you to enchant you and enrich your lives as they have done for us.
We hope that you will be grateful for having been born into such a magical world.
Durrel was also a lover of all insects and animals found in Greece... Those two of yours are devine! Good capture with so much on offer... Have a lovely day IB
Andysnapper 8 109 25 England
3 Oct 2012 6:30AM
Perfect Carol, love them both.

Andy
Carol, nicely seen and captured. Deep
SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 7:28AM
I bet your cat wasn't pleased. They look like are about to box.
MoragM 6 1 Scotland
3 Oct 2012 7:29AM
Great capture.
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
3 Oct 2012 7:30AM
Two fine detailed shots of the pair, Carol.
Ronnie.
2 super images Carol, V2 a slight favourite,
Fred.
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
3 Oct 2012 8:00AM
That is so fascinating ~ two fine macro shots.

Albert
achieverswales 6 8 101 Wales
3 Oct 2012 8:01AM
Like the both once again Carol, two excellent macros and share the votes.

Regards

Trev.
marktc Plus
5 86 14 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 8:02AM

Quote:A time capsule buried at Jersey Zoo in 1988 contains the following popular quote by Durrell, often used in conservation awareness campaigns:

We hope that there will be fireflies and glow-worms at night to guide you and butterflies in hedges and forests to greet you.
We hope that your dawns will have an orchestra of bird song and that the sound of their wings and the opalescence of their colouring will dazzle you.
We hope that there will still be the extraordinary varieties of creatures sharing the land of the planet with you to enchant you and enrich your lives as they have done for us.
We hope that you will be grateful for having been born into such a magical world.
Durrel was also a lover of all insects and animals found in Greece... Those two of yours are devine! Good capture with so much on offer... Have a lovely day IB



What a fitting epitaph for your two very fine images Carol.
NDODS Plus
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 8:09AM
The Praying Mantis

From whence arrived the praying mantis?
From outer space, or lost Atlantis?
glimpse the grin, green metal mug
at masks the pseudo-saintly bug,
Orthopterous, also carnivorous,
And faintly whisper, Blooming heck......

Regards Nathan
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 8:35AM
So a day for Praying Mantis odes
and so beautifully put by both Nathan and Isabel
but what two great images Carol
as you say 2 for the price of 1
Lillian
EMJAYCEE Plus
7 10 10 England
3 Oct 2012 9:09AM
Two excellent captures Carol.
Joan.
mrswoolybill Plus
9 965 1493 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 9:11AM
'Do you come here often?'
I think you have set up a blind date here.
Moira
PaulLiley 7 2 13 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 9:33AM
Well spotted Carol. Two for the price of one. Wonder why there are less numbers for you this year? Chris on the mend thanks for asking. Paul
Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 10:05AM
Two lovely images of this fascinating creature and some lovely quotes.
Useful to have for Camera Clubs votes of thanks.
KateGrinGrinGrin
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
3 Oct 2012 10:31AM
So that's how you do it, you get your cat to go and hunt them down!! Lovely '69' arrangement, Carol, excellent images.

Dave
3 Oct 2012 10:31AM
good find Carol nice capture

GrahamGrinGrinGrin
EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
3 Oct 2012 10:48AM
The ups and downs of Mantis life! These really are lovely and so glad they didn't become a light snack for the cat!

Ann
Tibetan 4 3 England
3 Oct 2012 11:41AM
Got them going today Carol lol. they do look like aliens lol. very good capture of both in both shots good detail, perfect light like them both! and I just said both three times lol. + one.......regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 11:51AM
Excellent.
3 Oct 2012 12:45PM
Nathan is great to elaborate the pic & its ethos.
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
3 Oct 2012 2:06PM
Two cracking captures, Carol, hard to choose between the two, so I won't, and it's half a vote for each! Wink
Trev Smile
sable 8 9 7 England
3 Oct 2012 2:12PM
Two super macro shots as Trevor says its hard to choose between them and I two would like to offer half a vote to each image - thank you for your comments on my to-days upload xx
moiral 6 12 Scotland
3 Oct 2012 2:58PM
2 excellent captures Carol. Moira
Gerryrys 4 1 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 4:57PM
V1 is superb.
Gerry
3 Oct 2012 5:20PM
Great close ups Carol.
Gary
3 Oct 2012 6:06PM
Two great captures, sharp and full of detail
AnnChown Plus
6 199 1 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 7:09PM
Loved Nathan's poem! Aren't they so beautiful? Love them and two fine captures Carol.
Ann
Two great captures of these interesting little creatures Carol.

Jane
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
3 Oct 2012 7:47PM
Great with the contrasting colours, a superb image

Peter
3 Oct 2012 8:09PM
Reminds me of the Grand old Duke of York! When they were up they were up and when they were down they were down! Super capture. Sylvia
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 8:58PM
Well captured
User_Removed 4 4 1 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 9:24PM
when the green one gets to the top does he/she then sun bath and go back down brown? sorry no need to answer that awful question. Great pictures both and the detail is brilliant.

Bob
goso 10 2 1 Australia
3 Oct 2012 9:38PM
Well detailed Carol, and well saved again - I guess their "preying" worked ! ...Bill
pamelajean Plus
10 964 1830 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 8:25PM
I was out yesterday, but had to have a look at your upload, and so glad I did, I think it's wonderful, Carol.
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
6 Oct 2012 7:07PM
I'm lichen these both very much Carol, not many insects around here now despite the weather being good today.
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
7 Oct 2012 8:51AM
How extraordinary! I have now seen green and brown in totally different places, even an alfalfa and green one, but two different colours in the same place is something else.
One to be proud of!

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