Monday, September 26, 2011

Photographing An Insect Hunter

I followed this praying mantis as she was searching for something to eat. At first, she seemed cool with the idea of being followed and photographed, but after a while, I think she got tired of the paparazzi interrupting her hunt.

"You can follow as long as you be quiet. And no flash."
"How about this pose? This is my good side."
"No, wait! Hold up. This is better. Shhhh. They think I'm praying. haha!"
"I dunno. Maybe this is my good side. Whadda ya think?"
"Okay, I gotta get back to hunting. These bugs won't jump in my mouth on their own."
"Well, one more pose. Check out my guns!"
"DON'T MOVE. I'm about to snatch up that ant. He thinks I can't see him."
"Okay, what part of don't move did you not understand? You're scaring away my dinner."
"Hey, man, don't you think you've got enough pictures? I'm trying to hunt here."
"Look! There are some bees over on those other flowers. I hear they like to be photographed."
"Hey, buddy! The show's over. I need some space here!"
"I'm TRYING to blend in! Go away! You're cramping my style."
"Dude! Seriously. You're like a stalker or something. Stop following me!"
"Cripes! Since you won't leave me alone, let's talk. YOU doin'?"
"That's it! I can't work under these conditions. Stupid paparazzi."


Samantha said...

Gorgeous shots!
I think she's got an attitude like a certain groundhog we know.

TexWisGirl said...

you had me laughing! such 'tude!!! she really was trying to point you elsewhere, then just got right in your face about it since you were in hers! :)

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

That could be the same one I photoed a couple of weeks back. Aren'y they wonderful?

Great shots, Brian. And the commentary wasn't too shabby either. :)

Alex said...

Awesome shots! I really used to like the preying mantis until I watched a documentary and a giant African species ate a mouse.

Freaked me out to be honest :)

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

I always thought you had the stalker gaze...this is proof! Great shots!

Lisa RedWillow said...

Amazing capture and are they ever odd looking. We dont have them here.

Seema said...

Loved the conversation with the mantis:)..