First Meal

10 February 2012 16 Comments Home » Insects etc.

A twitchy hunter seeks her first meal,
a patient mantis nymph waits
for a reluctant ant,
her reputation at stake.

A twitchy mantis seeks her first meal

Pavement ant | Tetramorium caespitum
Praying mantis | Tenodera aridifolia sinensis


  • Ray on G+ said:

    Just outstanding.

  • Marc on 500px said:

    Gorgeous macro!

  • Margaret on G+ said:

    Such great color!! I love how the bugs are in profile against the lovely soft background so we can see them so clearly!!

  • Raphael on 500px said:

    Very good. I like it.

  • Diane said:

    Come closer, closer, I promise to be gentle, as I devour you, my lovely lunch! What an intense capture, who will be left standing??

  • Rick said:

    Thanks Diane. The ant escaped.

  • Aleksey on 500px said:


  • Margaret on G+ said:

    Great shot!

  • Mark on G+ said:

    Beautifully done.

  • Alex Wild on G+ said:

    This one will hinge on the ant’s ability to bring in reinforcements.

    Nice shot!

  • Ludo on Jungle Dragon said:

    Yet again, an absolutely great composition. As you’re not likely to have a trained set of mantis and ant: incredible. The Mantis defying gravity, waiting in silent prayer: innocence awaits. 🙂

  • Kathe Koja said:

    “The Reluctant Ant” makes me thinks of Aesop and Garcia Lorca.

  • Deb on Facebook said:

    ‎Rick Lieder shines again.

  • Craig on Flickr said:

    Wonderful work!!

  • Kerri on Twitter said:


  • Waldemar on 500px said:

    Nice macro

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