Friday, September 12, 2014

Garden Buddies


"Hi there!"


This was a very agreeable medium size praying mantis, one of my very favorite bugs.  The sun was setting so the light was difficult and I kept asking it to move from flower to flower, hoping to squeeze out a little direct sun.  I'd take the blossom it was on and touch it to the one I wanted it to move to. No border collie needed :-).


This big guy was who originally caught my eye as I walked past the dye garden last night. Biggest grasshopper I've ever seen!  And, and this just seems so weird that I didn't know this, I could see him breathing and it struck me as really odd...as I guess I didn't realize bugs breathed. You know, like in and out where you could see it.  Had to look it up and sure enough...


He was pretty agreeable too.  I didn't ask him to move around, but he let me work and work to get the focus right on this so his face was sharp and clear.  He's hanging on to a fennel branch and I love how the foliage looks completely foreign.


"G'night crazy bug lady."


Everybody take care of each other.


13 comments:

steph said...

fabulous photos!!!!! (never saw a grasshopper breathe, either!?!)

Alice said...

Stunning captures !!! Nothing like looking up with knees bent. Amen.

fjord girl said...

Beautiful images- I'm a sucker for the Mantis...so pretty with the pink Dahlia :)

Fiona said...

I love Praying mantis....they sure keep bugs away and are such gentle bugs themselves!

Tombstone Livestock said...

Looking at the Praying Mantis makes me understand where the saying " bug eyed" comes from.

Terry said...

I've never seen a Praying Mantis here - miss those little buggers. And I've never seen a bug breathe. I'll be watching now!

Henny Penny said...

I love the bug pictures. The Praying Mantis is one of my favorite insects too.

Jan baby said...

love, love, love these pics. vibrant colors too! Did you get a new camera?

I need orange said...

Super shots! Hard to pic a fave, but I think it's the one where the mantis's head is perfectly focused under the dahlia.........

Love that first one, too, with every joint in that upper antenna visible!

Nice work! :-)

Miha Giustina said...

No dahlias in my garden... need to plant some next spring... yours look always beautiful. Plenty of praying mantisses, stick bugs and grasshoppers, though:-)

And a ton of the Italian bronze and regular wild fennel.

LannieK said...

Your last photo is really nice, Sara. We had several dragon flies and I could never catch them. Next year :-)

Far Side of Fifty said...

Great bug shots! The Praying Mantis is wonderful on that Dahlia! :)

karen said...

I haven't seen a praying mantis this year but I did see a stick bug and I loved his visit in our yard! Beautiful images.

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