Posts Tagged ‘Tenodera sinensis sinensis’

Almost perfect

March 17, 2017

Sometimes I get so focused on the subject of a photo that I don’t see the bigger picture. Although I recognize the problem, I can’t think of a simple solution.

04 OCT 2016 | Huntley Meadows Park | predators and prey

The preceding photo shows a Black and Yellow Argiope (Argiope aurantia) spider spotted at Huntley Meadows Park; a Common Green Darner dragonfly (Anax junius) is trapped in the spider web. I was so focused on getting a shot of the spider in a good position relative to the dragonfly that I never noticed the Chinese Mantid (Tenodera sinensis sinensis) on the right side of the photo. That is, until I returned home.

Notice that I clipped one of the mantid’s legs on the left side of its body (right edge of the photo). That’s the sort of thing that drives me crazy! If I had seen the mantid then I would have recomposed the shot in order to capture all three insects completely. Oh well, another hard lesson learned about wildlife photography.

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Chinese Mantid (eating a katydid)

November 4, 2013

I spotted a Chinese Mantid (Tenodera sinensis sinensis) along the boardwalk that goes through the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park. I stopped to shoot some photos, shown below, before continuing my photowalk.

Chinese Mantid (Tenodera sinensis sinensis) Chinese Mantid (Tenodera sinensis sinensis)

When I walked past the same spot a while later, I noticed the mantid had moved into the vegetation beside the boardwalk and was eating a Handsome Meadow Katydid (Orchelimum pulchellum). It was a brutal scene to watch, but I was compelled to take a few pictures!

Chinese Mantid (Tenodera sinensis sinensis)

Special thanks to Kim Phillips, Small Wonders, for identifying the katydid!

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