A gang of doppelgängers at play,
three newborn demons are too small to ignore.
Chinese Praying Mantis | Tenodera aridifolia sinensis
So wonderful !!
Wonderful as always, Rick. I love the way the leaf-blade’s triangle reflects the triad of little mantids, and the poses of the three insects are excellent–as is, naturally, the light that limns them.
Great lights, interesting insects and dark atmosphere. A real Rick Lieder photo.
illuminating background, sweet capture… of not so “darling” destroyers.
Thanks Diane. Just saw a big adult today.
It’s actually the 1st spp that sprung to mind when I read the name of your post, before I got to this page.
1) there’s one on our front door, right now (adult)
2) my aunt was in her garden, saw a mantid ootheca with one TINY, newly hatched mantid. Then she sat and watched. And to her horror, the brand new baby mantid stayed on that egg mass and as each new sibling was born, it ate them. She finally freaked out and moved the eldest to another plant.
3) I am the youngest. I have never fully trusted my sister, and though I have 6 inches on her (thank heaven!), I stay wary.
You never know.
Beautiful shot, and perfect blurring of the background.
A splendid shot, like a real-life cartoon. : )
Great light and scene.
Love the little critters!!
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