15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Mantis FootSpa

Footspa at the Ant Moat. This mantis appears to be waiting for prey while cooling its feet in the ant moat of my hummingbird feeder. I captured this photo as I watched patiently through my front window to see what would happen next. The mantis assumed various positions all over the feeder, and this pose was among the cutest.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2017
Date Uploaded: 08.2017
Photo Location: Redding, California, United States of America
Camera: ILCE-6000
Copyright: © R Michael and Carole Kussow