Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Hanging Out At the Coreopsis Counter ...

Guest photo by Fernymoss ... 10 July, 2007.

S/He's baaaaaaaccckkk! Fernymoss wandered out for a while tonight with the camera and got some spectacular shots of Erin Rachel blooming in triplicate, as well as some more abstract leaf texture shots.. But the definite prize (to our surprise) was him finding our little friend the Praying Mantis back hanging out on the Coreopsis. We're thinking that at this point s/he's staking out territory back in this bed ... it will be interesting to see if s/he goes on up in the world when the Hibiscus moscheutos start blooming soon. I'm hoping that this little one now will take up residence and let us peek in on its life cycle (which of course we'd love to chronicle). If we can do it, you'll be sure to see more ....

6 comments:

Family Man said...

Hi IVG.

Fernymoss did another great job with the camera. That's a definite wake up shot. Started to reach for my sunglasses, but then I saw the Praying Mantis and peered closer. Almost burned my eyes out. :)

olivia said...

Morning IVG and FM.

Kudos to Fernymoss! Great job capturing this little mantis. Interesting features they have, eh ... very alien-like eyes and face shape ... I would NOT want to be a little bug trapped w/ that face staring me down.

Nancy P said...

Must be bug morning on the blogs today. :) Olivia, that's so true. . .to be a little guy and see THAT face hovering over you. . .shudder.

FARfetched said...

Good shot, Fernymoss! I like mantises, they're friendly (to humans) and eat the other buglies.

As far as a bug staring at one… I saw that happen once.

Nancy P said...

Ewww, far! Great story, though. Would make a chilling start to a novel, wouldn't it? Certainly would warn the reader that shuddery things lay ahead.

Iowa Victory Gardener said...

Fernymoss says many thanks for the compliments!

Yeah, seeing this little creature staring you down would indeed be a scary sight ... it immediately set me to thinking about old 50's sci-fi films such as The Deadly Mantis and Tarantula, the stuff that used to populate my dreams and obsessions as a child, lol.

Again, just a gentle reminder from the green guys that a lot of insects are great residents to have in your gardens. Just know who your friends are and they'll take care of you! Know who your enemies are and send your friends nearer if you can encourage them to do so.

BTW, FAR... that bit you wrote was equal parts horrifying and gratifying. Though Mantises are pretty indiscriminate killers, I trust them to make the right call most times ... would have loved to been there to see that! (Ain't I perverse?)

I promise, no carnivorous bugs tomorrow, just flowerage!