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Pretty Thing

By ChiliMan
Oh man…I meant to upload these two the day after my last upload (the butterfly shots). But I’ve had longish days and’ve been too tired in the evenings for any proper hoppings on. The road works in our estate finally arrived outside our house. The noise from the big pnematic thingee breaking up our pavement and drain was insane so we ‘escaped’ for several hours from 8+ am. The hellish part is over and the final concreting over will happen tomorrow…but that’s fine. The outings were good for my dad too.

I’ll catch up with your pfs this weekend (gonna hit the sack after this but might hit a few pfs if I can’t sleep Smile) but in the meantime, lemme just say THANK YOOO to CarolG and Cathy (Holmewood) for their wonderful and furry User Awards on my butterfly GrinGrin

And here’s the not-so-flappy insect I mentioned in the previous write-up.

My mum found this pretty thing in the driveway. I assumed it was a mantis from its head but the whole thing looks kinda wide and it has that interesting cobra hood-looking back shell. Its ‘praying legs’ were missing. I took it to the window and photographed it on white paper with the cam mounted overhead.

I emailed this to Lynne and Carol and they felt it was a mantis. Lynne said its legs must’ve been eaten. On a whim I wrote a little poem:


I picked her up and held her
Admiring her beauty
Forelegs gone with four legs left
No deader could she be

I understand the need to feed
Sometimes you're someone's lunch
It just seems such a waste to kill
For such a little munch.


Ok fine…strange poem GrinBlush But I did think - when I held it - that it was such a waste that it lost its life when so little was eaten.

ANYWAY…enough of my ramblings. Catch you all soon Wink


PS If anyone happens to know its exact ID, it’ll be much appreciated Smile

Tags: Dead Insect Close-up and macro Mantis Unknown Wildlife and nature Portraits and people

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CaroleS Plus
9 441 3 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2014 4:47PM
Seems 'armless' enough Andrew - love the detail in those wingsSmile

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SUE118 Plus
11 8 1 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2014 4:48PM
Love this capture and your poem BlushGrinSmile
ChiliMan 13 135 17 Singapore
4 Jul 2014 4:50PM
Thanks, you two Smile
ChiliMan 13 135 17 Singapore
4 Jul 2014 4:50PM

Quote:Seems 'armless' enough Andrew - love the detail in those wingsSmile

That's terrible, that GrinGrinGrin
CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
4 Jul 2014 5:10PM
A wonderful find by your mum, Andrew, such a shame she didn't find it alive and kicking Sad Some of the mantis I see here are rather 'cobra-like', with broad bodies. Carol
tonyguitar Plus
8 77 37 Canada
4 Jul 2014 5:32PM
Your poem is excellent and so is this absorbing image. 2 points scored. TG
Mollycat Plus
6 21 2 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2014 5:35PM
One mantis meat another mantis poison. Hope you gave it full burial honours Andrew.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
barbarahirst 11 27 12 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2014 5:41PM
oh dear....feeling quite faint here
franken Plus
17 5.1k 4 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2014 7:01PM
Interesting images and I love the poem, Andrew.

netta1234 8 382 2 Wales
4 Jul 2014 8:09PM
Great images and poemSmile
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2117 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2014 8:23PM
I've had a long but fruitless search for your poor little critter, Andrew.
There are some fabulous specimens with leaf-like wings, though.
Jasper87 Plus
10 2.4k 158 England
4 Jul 2014 8:32PM
Mantis tripodis?? (well, it has got 3 legs and a head!) GrinGrinGrin

Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2014 8:55PM
A curious insect... Was she dead?
Makes an interesting macro.
4 Jul 2014 9:30PM
Two great shots Andrew. Love the poem. Such a shame but interesting for us. So glad your dad is on the mend. Cathy
10 10 10 England
4 Jul 2014 9:41PM
SadSadSadSad such a sad little poem but an even sadder end for the insect. A super shot though - saw the thumb nail and thought it was some exotic piece of pottery!!!!!
LynneJoyce Plus
11 22 101 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2014 5:58AM

Quote:Mantis tripodis?? (well, it has got 3 legs and a head!) GrinGrinGrin


What an inspired I/D! Love the verse too.

Two excellently detailed shots of your dead model, such a pity about its demise.

My search for it's species revealed this little gem of a fact that might well apply - "Species in genus Choeradodis have laterally expanded thoraxes for leaf mimicry."
Amazing image. Smile
SlowSong Plus
11 8.7k 30 England
5 Jul 2014 3:53PM
What a waste. Or perhaps it had just been out on the town and got legless. Sad
Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2014 5:52PM
Two lovely shots Andrew, and a rather entertaining verse
v1 for the mystery in the photo
Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
12 Jul 2014 5:24PM
A legless mantis eh Andrew, so you plied it with alcohol then to get it to participate in this photoshoot?!Wink It looks like you've found an alternative method to rival Ade Osmant's cooling down in the fridge process!Grin

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