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It’s easy to belong to a group, a gang, or a herd; but to stand alone and…



It’s easy to belong to a group, a gang, or a herd; but to stand alone and think and feel for yourself is arduous!


[This is, of course, a Praying Mantis; it is a Chinese Mantid.   I will often, when I find them, pick them up and let them climb on my hands. At first, they bite viciously and don’t like it; but most, after around a minute or so, tame down and don’t want to leave your hand; apparently, it’s too much fun for them… the equivalent of a carnival ride or something!  They love traveling from hand to hand on your fingers!  At least that’s how they behave around here.   I only encountered one that persistently didn’t want anything to do with me.  Their long front “arms” are used as spike-vices to capture and subdue prey.  Often, they will “sway” back and forth with their entire body before striking something, simulating a twig or branch in the breeze!  They actively hunt or – often – they simply wait for something to come along.  (Alien-like for sure!)]

There are aliens among us!  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

There are aliens among us! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014


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My Blog primarily consists of close-up nature photos (that I've taken locally) combined with original holistic-truth oriented prose and/or poetry involving mindfulness/awareness. I love nature and I love understanding the whole (not merely the parts and the details). I'm a retired teacher of the multiply handicapped. I have a number of interesting hobbies, such as fossil collecting, sport-kite flying, 3D and 2D close-up photography, holography, and pets. Most of all, I am into holistic self-awareness, spontaneous insight, unconventional observation/direct perception, mindfulness, meditation, world peace, non-fragmentation, population control, vegetarianism, and green energy. To follow my unique Blog of "Nature Photos and Mindfulness Sayings" and for RSS feeds to my new posts, please access at: (On my regular Blog posting pages, for additional information and to follow, simply click on the "tack icon" at the upper right corner... or, on my profile page, you can click on the "Thomas Peace" icon.) Stay mindful, understanding, and caring!...

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  1. These have always been one of my favorite insects since I was a child. Something very intelligent looking about how they act and look. I haven’t found one to photo yet but hopefully I’ll run across one soon. Great shot!


    • They are definitely one of my favorites too! Seems like there are less of them around these days, unfortunately. I used to have a Chinese Mantis as a pet in a large terrarium. It lived way longer than the wild ones did. I would feed it thawed frozen brine shrimp (used as a tropical fish food) from my fingertips every day. It did well; it even laid (produced) around 3 egg cases (full of mantis eggs in each one)… which i placed outdoors. Female mantises do not need a male to lay viable eggs; but the eggs laid are exact clones of the female. Weird!


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