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10-04-2018, 09:44 PM   #5116
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California Mantis in Norwood, Colorado.... they've got this camouflage thing figured out

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I haven't seen mantis since we moved to this house in 1959 when I was 9 years old, that was almost 60 years ago. I don't have any idea what happened to them, other than a guestimate that the chemicals they use to spray for mosquitoes could have killed them off. So, it's nice when you guys post photos of them in my thread, I get to see them again. Thanks for sharing them here.

Here is a shot taken yesterday with a FA 28-105mm lens heavily cropped of Paper wasps building a new nest on our backyard lily's.


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Some bees and butterflies.
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Glad you decided to join us Mark. TFS your shots with us.

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Glad you decided to join us Mark. TFS your shots with us.
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Noticed this visitor on my veranda furniture this morning - tape is in inches. Very handsome creature. K3 and Macro mode on the DA 16-45





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Wow! That's almost big enough to ride!

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Noticed this visitor on my veranda furniture this morning - tape is in inches. Very handsome creature. K3 and Macro mode on the DA 16-45
That... is a really cool bug
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That... is a really cool bug
It sure was, I don't think it was healthy. I see wing cases and wing pieces on the driveway this morning with ants cleaning up - we have a number of bird species with ranges that include our house that would make a quick meal of the little guy. So there was his 15 minutes of fame.

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Wow! That's almost big enough to ride!

Yep - sure was big - as I moved it from the seat to the balcony post it hissed at me. A behaviour I have heard before in the rhinoceros beetle so I was surprised to hear this chappy doing it.
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Hover Flies... mating

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It sure was, I don't think it was healthy. I see wing cases and wing pieces on the driveway this morning with ants cleaning up - we have a number of bird species with ranges that include our house that would make a quick meal of the little guy. So there was his 15 minutes of fame.

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Yep - sure was big - as I moved it from the seat to the balcony post it hissed at me. A behaviour I have heard before in the rhinoceros beetle so I was surprised to hear this chappy doing it.
FYI: Some of those big "longhorn" beetle will stridulate if you grab them = they make a sort of buzzing noise.
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This modest-size mantis was hunting dinner in the light above our cabin when we returned after an evening-to-darkness game hunt. It would jump-and-flutter up trying to catch flying insects that passed by. The AF had a hard time fixing on it, and I had a hard time getting it framed. This is by the far the best of multiple exposures.
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Locusts from the gene pool @ Zoo Lake


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Well, it looks like the insect season is pretty much over, now that the nights are freezing. Didn't even take the K-3 out since returning from bike touring in Scotland. So here's a leftover shot from earlier this summer. I posted another shot of this individual previously here, but I thought this one was pretty good too... BTW, thanks to some help over on Flickr, it has now been identified as (very likely) a female Snipe Fly of the Chrysopilus quadratus species.



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