Indigo’s First Day Out In the Big World

See Indigo’s first day out in the big world…

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Indigo hunting her first wild prey.
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She caught it and ate the whole thing!
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She really liked this tree!
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Indigo hanging out on a lilac branch.

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We found this leaf and she loved it!
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Indigo insisted on bringing this leaf back to her home.

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She had a wonderful first day out in the big world!

Mantises Dance & Feel the Beat

Mantises feel vibrations…

Praying mantises pick up vibrations around them when they hunt and that is how they find their food.  But they can also pick up vibrations from other sources too.  Here are my Phyllocrania paradoxa(Ghost Mantises) when they were “younger” listening a psychedelic music video…

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Solomon’s Molt

Come see Solomon now!

Solomon has molted.  He has gone from:

 

 

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Solomon 03 January 2017 subadult male Phyllocrania paradoxa(Ghost Mantis) shot with Nikon p610

to…

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Solomon Phyllocrania paradoxa(Ghost Mantis) male 15 March 2017 shot with Nikon p610

These are some raw shots….

and he came out of this:

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his previous “skin”

Nature is so weird, isn’t it?

 

I am actually quite frightened of him.  It’s like, he’s a totally different creature because he looks different, but I know he’s the same old Solomon.  I haven’t held him yet.  I just had him on the stick and transported him onto the table to take some shots of him.  Males fly but the females do not because they’re too heavy.  We had a male last summer that was wild caught and he flew from the living room into the kitchen before we caught him.  I am a little nervous about that.  But I know in time I will get used to handling him just as he will get used to being in his “new skin”.

Now I am just waiting for my little girl to catch up.  I’m sure it won’t be too much longer and then she’ll be all grown up too.

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