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From my window
An early morning mist of dawn.
caterpillar climbing a ledge
From my window
Little ghost
Curious little girl in Cambodia
From my window
Extreme jumps in the mountains of Hamar Daban
The rhythm of the drum of social fire
A tribute to dear
End of the day
Mating praying mantis': one head is already bitten off and two others patiently wait their turn.
Fish
Arizona Sandfall
Thick
Broadway Bridge over the Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon
Sand hopes
S curve
The Fallen
Reflection
Gathering
Night Moves
landscape of rice field
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Mating praying mantis': one head is already bitten off and two others patiently wait their turn.

I watched this beautiful female praying mantis in my yard for three weeks flying from sunflower to sunflower, eating as many bees and bugs that she could catch. Patient, quick and clever - she got fatter everyday. Then I noticed a male, then another, and another. I missed her biting the head off #1, but watched #2 and #3 vie for position. She ate #2's head, too! Then #3 had its turn. This is the moment that all three are on her back - one head gone! She moved around with them like this for hours. The mating went on for two days. All the while she kept getting mad at me - her eyes darting in many directions. She would turn her head and glare! She finally flew off. After three weeks of being closely watched, I think she preferred a safe and quiet place to lay her eggs. It was so beautiful and so very interesting!

TAGS: California, Mating, Praying Mantis

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Canyon Country, California, United States of America
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© Jodie Bridgewater.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 09.2017
Filed Under: Natural World
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 14, 2018, 11:34 p.m.
Camera Make: Canon
Camera Model: Canon EOS 80D
Focal Length: 135mm
Shutter Speed: 1/320
Aperture: f7.1
ISO: ISO250
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