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This fellow, (lady?), was catching some rays on our mailbox yesterday afternoon.  


I think it is safe to say that we were curious about each other.  




I was only concerned that he/she would jump off of the mailbox and land on me.  The female is known to eat her mate and the hatchlings often eat their sibling as their first meal.  




Such an expressive face on a carnivorous creature.   



Comments

  1. They're showing up here too.
    Must be the season for praying mantis.
    Interesting factoid -- they are the only insect
    with necks, which allows them to rotate 180˚.

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    1. Rick, the fact that they can turn their head and look at me just creeps me out!

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  2. Wow - nice close ups! I think (s)he really is checking you out, too!

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  3. the only insect that can turn its head to look at you. :)

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    1. I think that is why I find it so creepy!

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  4. Hmmmmm . . . if all these hatchlings are eating one another how can the cycle continue?

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  5. They are so unique, I always enjoy watching them. There is a larger variety in the western part of my state that are over 6-8 inches.

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    1. The small ones are creepy enough, I would hate to encounter one that is 8 inches long!

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    1. Donna, I was really hoping it wouldn't fly off and land on me. I might have let out a big girl scream, if it had!

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  7. Fabulous shots - I was going to ask what it was, but your other fans have enlightened me; so THAT'S what they look like!

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  8. i love these little guys and their big eyes

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  9. Afternoon Michelle, what a cute bug, sweet post I think.Blessings Francine.

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  10. I haven't seen one of these in years. You certainly captured (him/her) well!

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  11. I haven't seen one in ages! She has a lovely face!

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  12. I think they are fascinating...but a little creepy, too. haha.

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  13. I've always been scared of those things. lol.

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  14. I don't think she could eat you

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  15. Oh, I haven't seen one in years.....they are amazing little cannibals! Great captures!

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  16. you amazed me the way you captured it ,
    powerful lenses !
    it looks curious and cute but facts about it or quite cruel though

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  17. Well.. I'm glad humans aren't like that! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  18. I would have been concerned for the leaping onto me as well. They are fascinating from a bit of a distance, though!

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  19. They are quite the creatures, aren't they? I often find random butterfly wings along my butterfly bush where these will lie in wait, capture and devour a butterfly middle and leave the wings. Hmmmm...perhaps I could preserve the wings somehow and make jewelry out of them?

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  20. Oh I just love that first shot! So cool.

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  21. Great capture. I'm glad they are not human sized. : )
    I think I've only seen green ones before.

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  22. Peeking with those tiny, round eyes ... Greatly capture, Michelle!
    A lovely find, when picking up the mail :)

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  23. Whau!! I didn't know these facts about them. I always thought they were so graceful and gentle looking creatures. :(

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  24. These are great images. I like the last one the best. He is really checking you out!

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  25. Fun post. I love the barn too! Come over and link at The Fabulous Fall Party.
    The new linky is here:
    http://mychristmasjourney.blogspot.com/2016/10/the-fabulous-fall-party.html
    Happy Fall!

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  26. Fascinating. I just posted a butterfly that was watching me watch him! He was not as...intimidating.

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