Curious Praying Mantis. - Neal McClure

Curious Praying Mantis

Curious Praying Mantis

I spotted this curious guy (or girl) on a concrete ledge near a set of staircases on the Biltmore Estate. I had a polarizing filter on the lens I was using that day that turned the front element of the lens into a big mirror. As I got into position about four feet away to photograph the mantis, I noticed that I perked his interest. At that distance, he could see himself in the polarizer and started moving quickly toward me. This was the best case scenario as I could snap away, keep him in focus, and get some cool macro shots.

I felt bad for the guy though as his instinct was telling him that he found a mate. Regardless of the letdown, he got a great portrait of himself.


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