Morning visitor

Discussion in 'Photography' started by notshawn54, Sep 26, 2020.

  1. notshawn54

    notshawn54 Well-Known Member

    Jan 9, 2016
    Getting ready to go to the range with my 2 youngest boys and I spot this. In 13 years at this house it’s the first one I’ve seen.
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  2. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    Cool......the remind me of a 60s movie space alien
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  3. ILED93

    ILED93 Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2017
    Nice. Used to see them fairly regularly, not so much anymore.
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  4. Greg M.

    Greg M. Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 6, 2020
    Kind of like a security guard haha. I took this one with my phone the other morning as it’s the camera I have. B2FCAC5E-D9EC-4E0E-8715-8E049AD27428.jpeg
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  5. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    Wife has been feeding this one stink bugs for about four days

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  6. Old Sea Dragon

    Old Sea Dragon Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2018
    image.jpeg This guy was on my front door a couple days ago
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  7. dasroofr

    dasroofr Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2019
    "Do you smell it? That smell. A kind of smelly smell. A smelly smell that smells smelly" Mr. Krab
  8. Babboonbobo

    Babboonbobo Avatar is back to my favorite things!

    Nov 18, 2014
    I get them fairly regularly but don’t have pics.
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  9. Denver1911

    Denver1911 Well-Known Member

    Jan 31, 2014
    They are thick here this year. When I mowed my front field a month or so ago, I probably flushed 50-75 of them. As big as small birds.
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  10. azguy1911

    azguy1911 I'm done buying guns, I'm just a bystander now

    Oct 22, 2015
    who knew so many people took pictures of praying mantises
  11. Ohio

    Ohio I like this place !

    Mar 22, 2018
    We live in SW Ohio and have seen a few around here also. The first one I saw was on a window and it kind of looked at me like he was as interested in me as I was him.
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  12. Old Sea Dragon

    Old Sea Dragon Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2018
    Once I noticed one riding on the hood of my car. I wondered how fast I could go before he fell off. I was in a business district and gave up at 60 mph. I actually started fearing for my paint job. Strong they are.
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  13. isialk

    isialk Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Jan 7, 2017
    These are fascinating creatures! In our area, now is the time of mating. Normally nocturnally. Finding them on rougher surfaces now is common especially in open sunlight. They will lay their eggs in a foam that can easily adhere and remain warm. The foam hardens into a pod. These are generalizations as there are over 2,000 species of Mantis. Most are “ambush predators” and use their large eyes and eyesight to great advantage. The large eyes are compound eyes made up of approximately 10,000 separate ommatidia or individual single picture (like a pixel) eyes. The brain merges these individual single pictures into images. An area in the front of the eyes is known as the fovea and has greater acuity and provides high resolution images. When the slightest motion is detected by the widely spaced ommatidia, the mantis immediately rotates its head to place motion in the fovea to allowing its brain to characterize the motion as possible prey.
    In this picture (not mine) you can also see a small dark spot that looks like a pupil. This a false or pseudo pupil and moves with the motions of the head. It’s caused because the individual ommatidia that are in direct line with incident light rays absorb the light while the surrounding ommatidia reflect it.
    Sorry for the blabber. Just an an old retired nuclear worker with a biology degree who really digs all things in nature.

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  14. Doc45

    Doc45 Well-Known Member

    Jan 26, 2018
    Well done Grasshopper, at least you didn't have to listen to it at your feet (old tv show reference:D).
  15. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    Well.....the two the wife was watching have disappeared
  16. Heavyopp

    Heavyopp Well-Known Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    I was greeted by one this morning, on top of my cherokee
    Put him in the bushes before I drove away

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  17. Mike A

    Mike A Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 19, 2017
    DSC_2942.jpg They are everywhere.

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  18. notshawn54

    notshawn54 Well-Known Member

    Jan 9, 2016
    Must be an invasion
  19. FWoo45

    FWoo45 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2017
    They are super cool IMO. Read a lot about em when i was a pup. Supposedly the only insects that can learn to recognize humans.

    Also I learned from the Hispanic gentleman at my first job, that a praying mantis will flat fųck up a black widow of you put em both in a Gatorade bottle at break time. Not so much if the widder has a day or two to spin a web in there.
  20. notshawn54

    notshawn54 Well-Known Member

    Jan 9, 2016
    They kill small snakes too

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