Face to Face with a Stick Mantis

1 May 2011
It hides silently behind branches and leaves, pretending to be a part of the foliage. It even sways it’s body gently as a soft puff of wind brushes through, patiently awaiting unsuspecting prey. The Stick Mantis is long, thin, brown, and moves stealthily when maneuvering through the branches.

When it was spotted, it remained motionless, except for the occasional glance stolen in my direction, before hiding it’s body behind the branches. With it’s length at over 6cm, it is typically difficult to shoot this mantis without a messy background.

Stick Mantis? (Mantodea) - DSC_7017#1 My lanky subject, found hiding behind this branch

Stick Mantis? (Mantodea) - DSC_7034#2 With a slight change in angle, I was able to get an entirely different background

Stick Mantis? (Mantodea) - DSC_7042#3 Occasionally, it would turn it’s head in my direction for a quiet, irritated stare

Stick Mantis? (Mantodea) - DSC_7062#4 In fact, the stare was affixed on me!?

Stick Mantis? (Mantodea) - DSC_7070#5 Reaching the end of the branch

Stick Mantis? (Mantodea) - DSC_7092#6 Time to attempt a closer shot!!

Stick Mantis? (Mantodea) - DSC_7151#7 Grumpy when I got really close at it’s face

Stick Mantis? (Mantodea) - DSC_7158#8 Getting ready for a passport photo, smile will ya!!!

The morning was dampened with rain, so just a small handful of little subjects to share. 🙂

Cricket with a dead ant (Gryllidae) - DSC_6931#9 Cricket climbing onto the body of a dead ant, which is likely to be infected with mind-controlling cordyceps

Gram Blue? (Euchrysops cnejus cnejus) - DSC_6960#10 Looks like a Gram Blue (Euchrysops cnejus cnejus) More information can be found on the ButterflyCircle website.

Nigger (Orsotriaena medus cinerea) - DSC_6979#11 A faded Nigger (Orsotriaena medus cinerea ) More information on this butterfly here.

Dragonfly (Anisoptera) - DSC_6991#12 Dragonfly. Really bad at identifying dragonflies as many of them really look identical!

Broad-Headed Bugs? (Alydidae) - DSC_7003#13 Mating stink bugs, a very common sight at Admiralty Park

Ant (Formicidae) - DSC_7010#14 Ant basking in the morning sun

The complete album can be viewed here.



Hi my name is Nicky Bay. I am a macro photographer, instructor and book author, travelling the world to document the vast micro biodiversity that nature has to offer. Follow my updates and discover with me the incredible beauty and science behind our planet's micro creatures!

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