Caught Red Handed
The main find today was a praying mantis (Pachymantis bicingulata) which was last shot at Rifle Range Road during our recent Chinese New Year jungle lou hei. This mantis had very uniquely coloured fore-legs, but are normally hidden, until the fore-legs are stretched open.
#1 First found the Pachymantis bicingulata on this stalk, with what looked like an egg sac??
#2 It jumped off the stalk and we picked it back up on a broken branch
#3 Slightly angled view
#4 A very shy girl covering her mouth
#5 Shot with Raynox DCR250 at infinity focus. Too tight!
#6 Turned to face me
#7 At the tip of the branch, it started to practise some boxing moves. That’s where we saw that the inner sides of the fore-legs were bright red, and the inner joint was a bright metallic blue!
#8 *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
#9 Stretching forward. Motion blur in this picture due to slow shutter speed (to get the bright background)
#10 The sun was extremely bright, and contributed to the background
#11 As the sun hid behind some clouds, the background reverted to a dull shade of green
#12 Lower Pierce was FULL of Harvestman (Opiliones)
#13 Didn’t find many subjects, so spent a bit more time with this Robberfly that had just captured a prey. Shot under natural light.
#14 It dropped the prey very quickly, probably to get more prey
The complete album can be viewed here.