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Nobody Lost Their Head Today

Mating praying mantids on sedum. The male looks like a thin blade of grass. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Nobody lost their head today. Oh, in the people world, all across our nation's workplaces, they did. Eyes rolled, tempers flared, outbursts erupted and some angry assailants went into what my ol' journalism professor aptly described as "a blithering...

Mating praying mantids on sedum. The male looks like a thin blade of grass. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Mating praying mantids on sedum. The male looks like a thin blade of grass. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Mating praying mantids on sedum. The male looks like a thin blade of grass. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A mama-to-be and her handsome agile mate made quite a pair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A mama-to-be and her handsome agile mate made quite a pair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A mama-to-be and her handsome agile mate made quite a pair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying  mantids in disguise. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Praying mantids in disguise. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying mantids in disguise. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Let's count the heads. Yes, there are two. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Let's count the heads. Yes, there are two. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Let's count the heads. Yes, there are two. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, September 11, 2015 at 6:53 PM
Tags: mantids (1), mating pair (1), ootheca (9), praying mantis (86)

Find the Praying Mantis!

Late afternoon sun gives away the location of this praying mantis hidden in a bed of lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Whether you call them "praying" mantis or "preying" mantis, one thing is for sure: they are difficult to find. Tucked away in vegetation and as quiet as "the proverbial mouse" (except praying mantids are more quiet than the "proverbial" mice), they are...

Late afternoon sun gives away the location of this praying mantis hidden in a bed of lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Late afternoon sun gives away the location of this praying mantis hidden in a bed of lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Late afternoon sun gives away the location of this praying mantis hidden in a bed of lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dead Tithonia leaves camouflage this praying mantis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Dead Tithonia leaves camouflage this praying mantis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dead Tithonia leaves camouflage this praying mantis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A very gravid female hanging out in the lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A very gravid female hanging out in the lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A very gravid female hanging out in the lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

These are all green leaves, right? No, there's a green praying mantis here, too. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
These are all green leaves, right? No, there's a green praying mantis here, too. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

These are all green leaves, right? No, there's a green praying mantis here, too. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 5:34 PM
Tags: camouflaged (2), honey bees (341), lavender (27), ootheca (9), praying mantis (86), stealth (1), Tithonia (49)

An Absolutely Amazing Photo!

Praying mantids emerging from an ootheca. (Photo by Rita LeRoy)

Rita LeRoy, the self-described "Farm Keeper" at the Loma Vista Farm, Vallejo, takes amazing photos. We recently wrote about the farm, part of the Vallejo City Unified School District,  when we visited it during the annual spring...

Praying mantids emerging from an ootheca. (Photo by Rita LeRoy)
Praying mantids emerging from an ootheca. (Photo by Rita LeRoy)

Praying mantids emerging from an ootheca. (Photo by Rita LeRoy)

Close-up of praying mantids emerging from an ootheca. (Photo by Rita LeRoy)
Close-up of praying mantids emerging from an ootheca. (Photo by Rita LeRoy)

Close-up of praying mantids emerging from an ootheca. (Photo by Rita LeRoy)

Find the praying mantis! It's deep among the lavender stems. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Find the praying mantis! It's deep among the lavender stems. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Find the praying mantis! It's deep among the lavender stems. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of the praying mantis in the lavender patch. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of the praying mantis in the lavender patch. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of the praying mantis in the lavender patch. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 9:07 PM

Got to Kill to Live

A camouflaged praying mantis dining on a bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Some folks dislike photos of praying mantids snagging, killing and eating their prey. Well, often the "eating" part comes before the "killing" part. Still, they have to kill to live. We all do.  Or someone does it for us. We've been seeing...

A camouflaged praying mantis dining on a bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A camouflaged praying mantis dining on a bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A camouflaged praying mantis dining on a bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Can you find the ootheca or egg case of the praying mantis in this birdhouse photo? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Can you find the ootheca or egg case of the praying mantis in this birdhouse photo? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Can you find the ootheca or egg case of the praying mantis in this birdhouse photo? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, July 31, 2015 at 4:53 PM

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