If I remember correctly, this critter landed on me while I was in my garden. And of course, I had a camera readily available.
Looking through the photos, I have no idea how I had the courage to entertain the praying mantis for such an extensive photo shoot. But I’m glad I did!
With all the movement, you’d think the praying mantis is enjoying the camera.
It’s as if the praying mantis is dancing! Perhaps a Lindy Hop?
No, I think it could be a Tango!
I suspect I was afraid to have the critter on my arm. So I moved it to the safety of my pant leg.
I’m not sure who’s enjoying this photo shoot more – the praying mantis or the photographer.
The praying mantis gazes at the garden, its empire.
This photo shoot proves I can convince myself that photos for the sake of science and art are necessary. Why else would I have let a praying mantis crawl all over me? I am hopeful for another close encounter. Using Big Bertha (Canon EOS 5D Mark II) will likely produce even better results.
Camera used: Sony DSC-V1 (Wow! Not my best camera, yet it produced good results)
Date: September 2005
Caveat: Do your research to make sure critters are safe before letting them crawl on you!