Thursday, June 9, 2011

Mantis Nymphs

I recently had the good fortune of watching an egg case of Mantis nymphs emerge. I used my extension tubes in addition to my macro lens to take pictures of these tiny beings come into the world. After they wiggle out of the case, they rest for a few minutes, then their limbs become unstuck from the body and they are mobile. They seemed to stay by the case for a while so I had a wonderful opportunity to take pictures. It was an extraordinary thing to witness and photograph. These pictures are of nymphs that are less than an hour old!

1 comment:

  1. Pretty frickin amazing Mia. I love the story about the praying mantis you told me. How they are always just ready for anything that comes their way.
    "oh wait a minute, let me see how to handle this. Oh I can do this! I am prepared!"