Friday, November 26, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

Praying Mantis - Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii

all Creatures [great and small]


Praying Mantis - Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii. This beautiful whalbergii evolved through two of its nymph-stages on the Barberton Daisy at left, surviving because of its bright color which blended so well with the flower. Towards the end of its growth into an adult, it became a little more adventurous (but not much more) as pictured here. Once it had shed the layer in this picture, it became a fully-fledged adult, and departed after about two weeks. Total stay in this tiny ecosystem was approximately six weeks. (Photo and caption by Fred Turck) (via National Geographic’s Photography Contest 2010 - The Big Picture -

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