Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Corralitas Drive: Who's Hiding In The Bougainvillea?

Photo: Gary Vlahakis, August 11, 2015.  For the past week, a 2" Praying Mantis has taken up residence in a neighbor's Bougainvillea.  Her camouflage is so well adapted to the thorny vine, her large eyes are pretty much the only thing that give away her presence. (Click on photos to enlarge.)
Photo: Gary Vlahakis, August 11, 2015.  According to the neighbor whose yard she's living in, "Ms. Mantis has been hanging around a spiderweb, poaching bugs as they get caught in the web."  What an opportunistic hunter.  

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Bug Guide

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