Praying. . .Preying

I had a very two-sided conversation with this creature last fall.  She most definitely was not interested in being photographed.  I haven’t written in any captions, but I’ll bet you can come up with a few yourself, among which at least one has to be “Who do you think you are?”  These insects are called “Praying Mantises,” but judging by the way the females eat their male mates after mating, and their ruthless consumption of other insects, I’ve often wondered whether the person who originally gave them that name might have meant to call them “Preying Mantises,” rather than “Praying” – which refers to their posture of folded “hands,” making them look like they are reverently offering their supplications to God.

These photos and four more can also be seen on the “Nature – Fauna” Page.