I saw it fly into my yard and land in my mountian ash tree. I rushed inside , well as rushed as I can get with this bum knee. Got my camera and put it in macro as I hurried ( Vivian pace ) and started taking photos of this beautiful creature.
I have always love praying mantises, as a child we would capture them and keep them in the screened porch every summer. They kept our porch virtially fly free, a pratice now I would discourage my grand children from doing. These awesome insects eat many a pest in the garden. They need to be free to eat and eat some more.
I got a few good shots in .
I'm pretty sure she was looking right at me as I took this picture.
The mantis started making it's way to a bunch of berries on the tree.
Here she is climbing the berries.
This is the last picture I took before she got annoyed and flew away.
I don't feel so bad bugging her because the birds would have made a meal of her anyway.
All photos taken September 8th 2008
with Olypmus C-2500L in macro
at Ellensburg, Kittitas, washingtong State my back yard
By Vivian E Pattee