Saturday, October 16, 2010

Fantastic Visitors

Stick insect

Video by me. Music: "Slow Moves" by José Gonzalez
Mantis religiosa
Praying Mantis
We had the most amazing visitors at La Casa Azul this weekend.
We're still in awe of their awesomeness.

42 Lovely Comments:

Blogger Highland Monkey's said...

We saw our first praying mantis in Spain, they are bigger than I expected, but arn't they lovely (in their own way!)

10/16/2010 11:28 AM  
Blogger froggy said...

When the neighborhood tribe was young they used to bring me all sorts of critters and amphibians to keep for a time and observe. This entailed much hunting of grasshoppers to feed the zoo. Never forget R feeding a grasshopper to a praying mantis and hollering (while I was cooking dinner) Mrs. Ponder, Mrs. Ponder, you gotta see this, it's eating its guts out!!!

10/16/2010 11:31 AM  
Blogger **We BLOG ARTISTS** said...

WOW...and those stones are gorgeous!
BRAVA bella Geninne!
P.S. I have a little GIVEAWAY on my blog this weekend!!!

10/16/2010 11:42 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Mantids are my absolute favorites! Have you ever done a painting of one?

10/16/2010 11:55 AM  
Blogger Snappy Di said...

I adore the preying mantis. I try to capture them in photo whenever I see one. I have a bit of video of one also. He was brown and in the grass, but the video is not nearly as wonderful as yours.


10/16/2010 12:45 PM  
Blogger Cynthia Schelzig,Cynnie said...

Yes, walking sticks are really something to watch aren´t they....ugh, my brother used to keep them in jars!!!

10/16/2010 1:52 PM  
Blogger Ludid said...

a work of art indeed.

10/16/2010 2:25 PM  
Blogger se7en said...

What an awesome notebook page!!!

10/16/2010 3:37 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

We had a guy just like him climbing our brick wall a couple days ago. You are right they are slow and steady.

10/16/2010 5:06 PM  
Blogger Karen L R said...

fabulous and otherworldly!

10/16/2010 6:15 PM  
Blogger K-Sue said...

Fantastic pictures of such a lovely bit of nature.

10/16/2010 7:47 PM  
Blogger ginigin said...

Great video! I love the music, am off now to find his album to buy. We have lots of walking sticks here, but mostly brown. Mantis are less common, truly a benign BEM!!

10/16/2010 7:56 PM  
Blogger Janet Ghio said...

Love both of these critters. Enjoy watching them so much!! Your photos are excellent!!

10/16/2010 8:13 PM  
Blogger june at noon said...

We discovered one on a plant right outside our front door last month. Haven't seen him since. :)

10/16/2010 9:16 PM  
Blogger helicopter6 said...

They are indeed magnificent creatures. Stunning photos and video, and the music accompaniment is perfect.

10/16/2010 10:05 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

They're not so popular in my house since one painfully bit my girl's finger!

10/17/2010 4:30 AM  
Anonymous Matka Polka said...

Well, once I (accidentally of course;)), set those walking sticks free when I was at primary school... And that mantis... Interesting, but very slow;) Wonder where she went and what she was doing when you stopped filming?

10/17/2010 4:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jo said about biting. Mantis can bite a finger or walking stick?

10/17/2010 4:42 AM  
Anonymous Maaike said...

Cool pics! I am not sure if I am loving the mantiss yet... Can't decide between "Eeeuw!!!" and "Ooooh!!!"... ;-)

10/17/2010 6:20 AM  
Anonymous Adamandia K. said...

I love the triangular shape of the head...I found this so surprising. The rocking motion makes me wonder why they move like that...

10/17/2010 6:21 AM  
Blogger dls said...

I love the delicate shape and striking green color of the praying mantis.

10/17/2010 7:31 AM  
Blogger Sarah Knight said...

Mantises are fantastically interesting, aren't they?

10/17/2010 7:45 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

Cuando fuimos a Oaxaca, compramos un alebrije de un mantis para mi hija porque se dice que las senoras comen los senores despues de que they make whoopie!

10/17/2010 8:53 AM  
Blogger PrairieGarden-Liane said...

okay, I'll admit it...they give me the creeps....fasinating but creepy...

They make me feel as though they're trying to decide if I'd taste good for lunch... eeeeeeeeck

10/17/2010 8:55 AM  
Blogger Sherri Cassara said...

Oh! They are so majestic! Your video is phenomenal!

10/17/2010 9:18 AM  
Blogger KarenHarveyCox said...

These are so awesome. When you look at the detail God created in these amazing creatures, you can remember how great He is.

I love receiving your e-mails, and stepping into your world for a few minutes it's like receiving a bit of oxygen.


10/17/2010 11:39 AM  
Blogger Margie Oomen said...

i found a little baby mantis in the forest today

10/17/2010 12:17 PM  
Blogger Patricia G said...

Wow! How wonderful. I have never seen one - except in photographs. I love the little red mouth. Do they fly? Jump? Knocked out yet again by where you live.

10/17/2010 2:07 PM  
Blogger JSK said...

Nice video. Looks like she's about to lay eggs too.

10/17/2010 3:34 PM  
Anonymous Joan/Jesse said...

I have always been fascinated by this creature...that is until I found out they can kill a hummingbird. I know it's all part of the food chain, cycle of life, but still, a little hummingbird? EEP!

10/17/2010 6:44 PM  
Blogger Jutta said...

Oh wow, it look so fascinating. I've never seen them in real life, only photos, so thanks for the video.

10/17/2010 11:40 PM  
Blogger Jenni C's said...

i like your fantastic visitors, they remind me of mine :)

10/18/2010 1:28 AM  
Blogger Julie Shackson said...

Wonderful post! That first photograph looks like he's doing a waltz with himself.
I think the rocking motion is a further camouflage action; in imitation of a leaf in the wind.

10/18/2010 6:04 AM  
Anonymous rk said...

I had the pleasure of seeing a praying mantis on my window last year. I could only photograph it, no video! In US, I think they are considered an endangered species, not to be killed or captured. I wonder if it's the same in Mexico?

10/18/2010 7:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aren't the amazing little creatures? We have them in our back yard in western Nebraska!

10/19/2010 2:38 PM  
Anonymous Luann Udell said...

I found a preying mantis downtown on a sidewalk, and tried to rescue it. IT BIT ME!! :^D I managed to get it to a nice grassy area in a park, though.

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