The gatekeeper

A praying mantis is such a special kind of insect. Really fascinating.

We enjoyed some time with her. This one was a female and she allowed us to have an extensive look.
She was calm all the time, even when we took some photos. Umgani found her quite interesting as well. He – of course – had to take a sniff and touched her with his nose.
That was the moment when her posture changed into a defensive one like it is shown in the photo. She made kind of a hissing sound to that. Impressive!

We left her alone after this so she could move on.



  • Aperture: ƒ/9
  • Camera: DSC-RX1
  • Taken: 2015/09/22
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s


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