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Does anyone have any pictures of a praying mantis?


I do - but have yet to load it onto a website so that I can post it here! The Praying Mantis that I photographed had landed on the top of an open bottle of wine whilst we were having dinner during a trip to Namibia. I decided that I just had to get a good photo but it was facing the 'wrong way' so tried to (gently) manouver it so that I could get a good side-on pic..... Big mistake - Huge!

I got 'bitten' by it and the pain, especially considering it's small size, was excruciating! It did not help that my fellow dinner guests, who were mostly Namibian residents, guffawed loudly at my ignorance. I will not make that mistake again!
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Beautifull pic... except for the spider... that is my nightmare


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I have to admit that I don't understand why anyone should have nightmares about insects or arachnids....even though I have been bitten by a buthidae species of scorpion and by a Praying Mantis!

Insects and arachnids are so interesting that it is worth being bitten by them as long as the bite is not fatal, which it rarely is! They are far more interesting than the Big 5 because there are so many more of them, and their lifestyles are so fascinating and, without them, there would be no Big 5 or, in fact, no human race

The same goes for snakes.... I adore them and enjoy learning more about them - yes, even the venomous ones! - and find it a challenge to take good pics of them, at a reasonably safe distance of course!


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I like also snakes, and scorpions too. It's not for the dangerous that I dont't like spider... I'am arachnophobe. But I think like you they are very intersting, certainely beautifull (I can't see it ! sorry for the friends of spiders).


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I was also Arachnophobic (when I was a child) simply because my parents were and they inflicted this fear upon me and my siblings.

I overcame this fear when I started working with children and realised that I would transmit my own fears to them, which I decided was unfair, and I made a huge effort to overcome it by forcing myself to pick up any stray spiders (and insects) and put them into the Nursery garden, whilst talking to the children about them.

I have felt guilty ever since about the many spiders and insects that I killed in my youth through my ignorance of the vital part that they play in the environment!

In recent years I have been fortunate enough to visit Africa many times and have learned more about them from the various Wildlifecampus and Eco-Training courses that I have taken - and have come to appreciate the role that they play in maintaining the environment.


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Sorry for the delay in replying.

The 'grasshopper' is actually a winged predatory katydid! In the same group as bush crickets. Described as being very large (the body is about 3 inches) and it is a 'voracious predator' of other large insects - and can bite severely!

The other is one of the armoured ground crickets - also called corn cricket. About 10 years ago there was one of those amazing explosions in populations that many species occasionally exhibit. They were literally everywhere, north of the Olifants. Driving on many stretches of road was like driving on cobble streets!

The moth is the common mopane moth - common but huge! And of course completely harmless.

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They are wonderful critters, Richard, and great pix! Many thanks for posting them. 8)


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OK, here are some of my Creepy Crawly pics. Most people find them revolting but somehow I find a beauty in these little nasties that always makes me want to photograph them.

Here's a good old fashioned Baboon Spider photographed on a night drive from Satara.
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And here's his American relative, a Tarantula, photographed near Rooseveldt Lake in Arizona.
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A Golden Orb Spider photographed somewhere in Kruger, don't ask me where.
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Somehow I just love close-ups of grasshoppers. Here's an Elegant Grasshopper (Zonocerus elegans), if memory serves me this one was photographed at Babalala.
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Again, two American cousins, a Grasshopper that I have no idea what the species is but photographed in Tucson, AZ.
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And an Eastern Lubber Grasshopper (Romalea guttata) photrographed in the Everglades, FL.
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A Fleshfly (Sarcophaga sp.) photographed at Afsaal picnic spot.
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This has got to be the biggest Stick Insect I have ever seen. Photographed on my cap at Mopane.
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And while we're at Mopane, here's another one photographed at Mopane, a Mopane Worm (Gonimbrasia belina)
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Here is a Super Snail. I knew their name once but can't remember now. Any hints?
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A very charming Praying Mantis.
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And the ever popular Dung Beetle
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Hi deefstes, fantastic pics!

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Thanks for the super pix, deestes. I also find these creepy crawlies fascinating and often beautiful 8)


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At Sirheni, Dec 2006
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