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Halloween Praying Mantis

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She prayed,
and when she prayed,
the whole world prayed with her.

Her eyes, those large bulbous eyes,
saw everything worth praying for,
and everything needed preying.

She preyed on butterflies, bees, moths,
and on a number of other things.  It was what she preyed
that mattered, and it was the way she preyed.

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[Note:   This is a very unusual (very rare) Praying Mantis for our north-central Illinois area.  It is probably a Carolina Mantis.  These are southern mantids but, due to global warming, are moving more north. This one has wonderful chameleonic abilities.  Note how it amazingly blends in with the different color tones of the park bench.  It is a female and seems to be loaded with fertile eggs.  It may not have mated with a male at any time whatsoever.  Female mantises can lay many completely fertile eggs without a male.   When this happens, the offspring are perfect clones of the mother.]

Chameleonic Praying Mantis. … Photo by Thomas Peace c.2019

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  1. Gorgeous creature … nice that she stayed put while your camera preyed on her preying … may her young proliferate and spread the beauty (somewhere near your camera!)

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  2. What a unique mantis. I only spot green or brown ones here in the southwest. Your poem is really clever, too. Cool that they can clone. We have lizards here that do it exclusively. Did you know mantises have been photographed preying on hummingbirds at feeders? Creepy!!!

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  3. Very clever with the prey and pray wordplay Tom. I’ve never seen a praying mantis in the wild – this one is beautiful with its colors, which you have captured perfectly with your macro lens.

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  4. I’ve seen only one praying mantis in my life — obviously, I need to get out more! One the other hand, I’m accustomed to seeing photos of green ones, and it may be that this one (said to be common in Texas) is around, and I haven’t seen it because I was expecting green. In any event, now I know it exists – and if I ever see one, I’ll certainly remember your clever poem!

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