We do more than just take baby pictures these days. Take a look at this baby praying mantis picture Mrs Happy snapped with her iPhone 4 the other day. We had a set of freshly cut birch branches on display in our home. It didn't occur to us that fresh tree branches could be a nesting source for praying mantis insects. Well, they can be. We already have two wonderful babes with Marty and Cooper. Now we have Zachary, our newest baby in the family. I don't think we're interested in raising a family of praying mantids. Mrs Happy found a whole bunch of baby praying mantises working their way out of the arrangement and into our living room. She got this awesome picture of a baby praying mantis hanging out on the arrangement. That's just cool.
Now back to the baby pictures. Here's Zachary. He's a ten pounder today. Actually nine pounds fifteen ounces. I like to round up. I think he's doing the sprinkler move in this picture below.
Besides hitting the tomato jackpot with my backyard gardening, having a garden offers up a healthy dose of nature at its finest. My garden is now home to a praying mantis which seemed completely content hanging out on my cucumber vines. I wonder if this fella is this former baby praying mantis we released to the wild earlier this year (pictured above). Enjoy these pictures of the adult praying mantis I shot with my Canon Rebel T2i.
Click any photo to enjoy a full sized view of the praying mantis.