16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Mobile
Eyes on the Pray

The praying mantis hidden in plain sight. Although the praying mantis has extreme camouflage abilities I spotted her exquisite body stood still as she posed for me this hot Sunday morning. She may look serene and laid back but I saw her devour a butterfly’s body on Saturday. Yes, this morning we had a staring contest! She won!

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Date Taken: 09.2018
Date Uploaded: 09.2018
Photo Location: Mentor , Ohio, United States of America
Copyright: © Karen Oesterle