Tuesday, August 16, 2016

day of the mantis






Last month, it was all about the dragonflies. A family of five set up house in the butterfly bush. Some days, two of their cousins visited the yard. Two, sometimes three, of the original family are still hanging around.

But this month, it's mantis time. I've watched my columbine mantis grow from a wee green thing into an adult. I find more mantids in the butterfly bush every day.
Today, for example, there are two in the bush as well as my little guy in the columbines.

Mantids intrigue me. They scare me. They are filled with mystery and wonder.

The word mantis comes from the Greek mantikos, for soothsayer or prophet.
They have binocular vision but only one ear!
And, they say the mantis comes when we need peace, quiet, and calm in our lives.

This is one of my favorite mantis quotes: "Meet the eye of a Mantis and feel the presence of God."

20 comments:

  1. I love them! Some years I have more or less in the garden… Your photos are spectacular!

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    1. I love mantids too. Last year I was overwhelmed with them. They were even trying to get in the house!

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  2. Love this post!!! Wow!! I hope to find a mantis soon. I need some peace and quiet in my life. I truly do. All of the photos are fantastic but I think my favorite is the last one. It really looks like he is in prayer. Beautiful as always, Julie. xoxo

    ~ Wendy

    ps. I did watch Talking Dead on Sunday. I'm worried about Glen too. Also Abraham. : (

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    1. I could poke some holes in a box and send one to you. ;)

      And I'm still thinking it's Glenn....unless Abraham rushes in to take it instead.
      xx

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    2. Haha!!! My cats would eat it!! : (

      My guess is that if you go by the comic, Glenn is doomed. The writers have said that they use the comic as a guide but that's all. I think Glenn has to die in order for the story line to progress but they might add an additional death to shock us. I think it might be two for the price of one. Carol's comments on Talking Dead kind of sealed that for me. Going to be something completely unexpected. I get a knot in my stomach just thinking about it. Ugghh!!! xoxo

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    3. I'm surprised Lucky hasn't gone after any of the mantids in the yard! (I think she knows I would be very upset if she took one out...)

      And yes, the comic says Glenn's days are numbered but..........I read somewhere that Robert Kirkman regrets the way he had certain characters die in the comic so maybe, just maybe, the tv show is his chance to redeem those characters and explore the what if this or that particular character had lived. (Although I still think it's Glenn and Abraham.)
      After years of watching TWD, they're all like family and I hate to see any of them die.
      xx

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  3. i have always been intrigued by the mantis.

    so glad you provided these up-close images....

    x

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    1. Photographing the mantids in the yard was my all-consuming mission yesterday morning. I have to admit I am still a little scared to get too close to them.
      xx

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  4. I am a mantis fan as well. They are unique for sure. I love the significance of the mantis in one's life. Learned something new! Great pictures Julie!

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    1. They came around last year *exactly* when I needed to be reminded to take time for myself. I'm thinking they're back to reinforce that message.
      x

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  5. Incredible captures...my favorite insect in the world

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    1. For me, it's a toss-up between the dragonflies and the mantids. Both bring so much to the back yard.

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  6. I love this post. It brought me calm & peace just reading about them.
    I imagine studying them, watching their moves...I think I could past the time by observing them for long periods of time!
    How very cool.
    You are now my favorite bug girl... ;)

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    1. From Deadhead to bug girl! ;)

      Honestly, I could watch my mantids all day. I try to look into their eyes and wonder what they are thinking....

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  7. How ironic that I just saw a mantis for the first time since childhood (about 100 years ago!) It was out on the deck and I was so fascinated by it. I remember being quite frightened of them as a child.
    Your photos are incredible! Enjoy

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    1. There are so many in the yard this year and I have to admit they do scare me just a little. Fascinating creatures, but at the same time intimidating.

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  8. My little girl just got a book on how to draw insects -I'll have to show her these pictures

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    1. Reminds me of when I was a kid with my insect book and my bugkeeper!

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  9. Have you found peace, quiet, and calm recently? Mantids make me think of little buddhas.

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