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Monday, 29 October 2012

Last of the Summer Insects


The weather is cooling and the insects are disappearing fast.  They may be more difficult to find now but it doesn’t mean that they are less interesting.

I find these tiny mantises very entertaining. 









Actually they are nymphs of Praying Mantis and may have just hatched as I later saw this egg containing capsule (or Ootheca which can contain up to 400 eggs) nearby. 


This small one is a nymph of another species

(Spilomantis occipitalis).




Since the mantises do not have any chemical protection on their body,  they have to use camouflage to avoid being preyed on. These young Jeweled Flower Mantises blend in so well with the plant leaves that I almost missed them on several occasions. 
 



The adult is prettier but is not easy to spot either. 





Grasshoppers, however, are plentiful at the moment,


much to this Golden Orb-Web Spider’s delight.
 



19 comments:

✿ chica said...

Aprendemos sempre aqui, vendo lindas fotos! abraços,ótima semana!chica

Bob Bushell (Male, I think) said...

Very good you have posted, brilliant images.

Joke (Jokes Camera) said...

What an interesting series. I enjoyed it very much. Photo 3 and 4 I like most. The insects are almost from an SF-movie. They look a bit like aliens from another world. Beautiful pictures. Greetings, Joke

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Great serie!!!.. Varied and beautiful pictures.. Congrat..

nic.b van es said...

mooie sprinkhanenserie maar wat een enge spin.brrrrr

LEPTIR said...

Dziekuję za tak sympatyczne słowa, miło mi było ciebie gościc .....
a u ciebie jak widzę ...lato ? jesień ????
pozdrawiam

TexWisGirl said...

such wonderful photos! loved the nymphs, and the macros at the end are gorgeous!

Alan Pavey said...

Brilliant pics some those insects are great looking things :-)

Giga said...

Ten "maluch" z siódmego zdjęcia patrzy na nas :). Dziękuję za kolejny ciekawy post. Pozdrawiam.
This "baby" of the seventh photo looks at us :). Thank you for another interesting post. Yours.

Danielle v/d Horst said...

Ik heb mijn ogen uit gekeken heel erg mooi heel bijzonder lieve groetjes Danielle

Montanagirl said...

Excellent photos! Enjoy your blog a lot.

Maria said...

Boy, you have a talent withe these creatures! They are very good images and with stories within stories. Great!

Marco Alpha said...

Hello,
What a great shots you show here. It's really fantastic how you get all these little monsters in these beautiful shots. Very nice to see them so close. Well done!!

Greetings, Marco

eileeninmd said...

Amazing photos of the insects. Well done!

Eko said...

Paljon uusia hienoja tuttavuuksia.
Katselin macroja ihaillen.
Kaunista kuvausta.
Talvi-Terveiset Eko
Suomi/Lapland/Kuusamo

Helma said...

Weather deen beautiful series of photographs Friend of HK. Especially all those different locusts. The spiders I scrolled through quickly because I have not so brrrr .... You did very well in details vastgelgd.
Sincerely, Helma

Askartelin itte said...

Todella kauniita kuvia, oudoista otuksista:)

Lee Dingain said...

Very nice set of pics!

Cindy said...

Adorable, wonderful..surprised Mantises are hatching now..