Barely visible

This praying mantis may be barely visible among the leaves of the clematis vine, but if I hadn’t rescued it from the clutches of a wolf spider, it wouldn’t be here at all.   A few moments before photographing it, I rescued the mantis from a spider web in which it was caught and which it was biting, trying to get loose.   The wolf spider was eating one of the mantis’ buddies that also was caught in the web. Ugh.

Praying mantis

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  1. Ana Daksina says:

    I believe they themselves have the unpleasant (to us) habit of sawing off one another’s heads…?

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    1. Apparently, the females eat the males. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to learn they saw the heads off. Ugh.

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      1. Ana Daksina says:

        Not if you’re a mantis. Then it’s YUMM! … Ugh.

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  2. Madeeha says:

    Lovely picture and I’m happy you were there to rescue him 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much! I know spiders have to eat, but I can’t bear to see anything struggle and suffer.

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  3. Wow, how on earth did you spot that. I nearly missed it if it wasnt for his triangle head.

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    1. I had just helped him get loose from the spiderweb and watched him climb onto leaves, so I knew he was there. 🙂

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    2. By the way, Charlotte, many congratulations for being featured on WordPress Discover! I saw that yesterday.

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      1. Thank you I was thrilled to get an e-mail I’ve been sent some questions to answer for a Discover post which has made me think 💭, if I can complete it in time I’d like to put it out on Sunday 💕

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      2. I look forward to seeing it!

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  4. de Wets Wild says:

    Expertly camouflaged!

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    1. I wouldn’t have known it was there if I hadn’t seen it climb onto the clematis vine!

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  5. Your photos are so amazing!

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    1. Thank you so much! I enjoy taking closeups.

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