A Praying Mantis|
In State College
|Sept. 8, 2013|
The previous Friday I had my first praying mantis encounter since moving to State College, Pennsylvania, nine years ago.
While walking outside in the game land, I had noticed something somewhat different in a small field of goldenrod, moved aside a stalk to have a closer look, and there it was.
| ||From the mantis's expression, I've the feeling that it was equally surprised on seeing me.|
| ||After a few minutes, the praying mantis decided that I wasn't a threat and resumed hunting.|
In checking out the mantis on Bugguide.net, I discovered that this was an introduced species, and most probably the Chinese mantid (Tenodera sinensis); whatever, it will always be a praying mantis for me.
Photo note: The photo was taken with a Pentax K20D, with the Voigtlander 125mm macro lens, on September 6, 2013.