Tuesday, September 30, 2008

He's Back

Since the aftermath of Hurricane Ike I didn't see the Praying Mantis. I hoped he hadn't been injured or captured by a snake but he just wasn't around. Today while walking the dog I discovered him back near the Sage plant. Once you find him it's fairly easy to get some shots.
I'm even able to get some macro work done and only disturb him somewhat.
He didn't like me too close so he headed for cover. It wasn't long until he blended into the surroundings.
I also saw a white spot on the green plant and it turned out to be a caterpillar of the Hickory Tussock Moth.
They a a neat white with black decorations.
Luckily I didn't handle him for I found out later it has a toxic poison in those outer hairs.
One final critter on my Sedum from a few weeks back a moth was working along with the bees.
It was fairly co-operative for these shots.
The camera was doing really well for the macro work.

24 comments:

Twisted Fencepost said...

Great pictures!
I knew some caterpillars sting, but I didn't know there were poisonous ones. Learn something new today.

2sweetnsaxy said...

These are great! I haven't even been out in my yard. Too hot. It's kind of amazing that those small little things can weather a storm. I wonder where they hide.

Luke Wiley said...

I like your macro work. those caterpillars are amazing!

The Birdlady said...

These are terrific!

Leedra said...

Great shots! Love them all. Interesting about the toxic though, I will be careful if I ever seen one.

dot said...

Wow, what nice shots! Especially those fuzzy things. I wouldn't want to get too close to them.

TSannie said...

Praying mantises just fascinate me. Glad your guy is still there. That caterpillar is beautiful!

Louise said...

Beautiful pictures, and good to know about the capterpillar. My daughter is mesmerized by them and wouldn't hesistate to pick any up that she saw. I shall warn her!

Carletta said...

Great job FG!
You're getting pretty good at finding all these little guys.

Anne Fannie said...

I found your blog through anothers. What great shots you took! Love the Praying mantis picture, however, I am glad he is in your yard and not mine!
~Ann

Liquid said...

Hope she didn't spit on you!

Darla said...

Wow, you got some great pics there!

Jack and Joann said...

I think looking at Old Man Lincoln's many great posts has inspired you to a higher level of photography. I can see it as this year has progressed. You have photos that look like they belong in National Geographic magazine. Great work, Fishing Guy. The love for the critters shows in each and every photo.

Lapa37 said...

Great pictures I'm glad your Mantis was unharmed.I love the caterpillar he sure is pretty.

tipper said...

We have a similar caterpillar here-and it does sting the fire out of you. This summer me and the girls were all stung before we realized the little boogers were hiding under the leaves of our blueberry bushes.

Neat pictures as always-glad the praying mantis is still around.

NCmountainwoman said...

Great macro work. I loved all of them.

Craver Vii said...

Good thing you were careful with that moth. Great macros!

Gina said...

Great photos..the caterpillar is amazing..it looks so soft and fluffy :D

kjpweb said...

Ah - she made it, huh? Good closeup shots! The caterpillar looks way cool!
Cheers, Klaus

walk2write said...

Judging from the bites out of the sedum and hosta(?) leaves, your mantis showed up right on time. Great pics!

reluctantfarmchik said...

Such a cool series of shots. With your pet mantis.

Denise said...

Absolutely wonderful photos and I really enjoy your commentary. Thanks.

The Tile Lady said...

Glad the preying mantis came back! Wow, what a fuzzy caterpillar! Glad you didn't touch him.

Mary said...

I love that caterpillar! I keep looking for some, but not much luck so far. That one is really fat and fuzzy! Think that is a winter indicator?