The Mantis

The Mantis

This is post number 500, having started this photo blog on Christmas Eve 2009. Thanks for all comments over the time, I enjoy the contacts. And if you are in Auckland today, come to the Swiss Market, 6 Rockridge Avenue, Penrose (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.), and say hello. Mrs H and I will have a stall there (paintings, gift tags, mini pecan pies, greeting cards, photoblocks).

Since I am in the habit of showing reflections on a Saturday, we celebrate with a reflection shot of a praying mantis that has landed on the sliding door of a motel unit when we were away for a weekend recently.

There are two species of praying mantis in New Zealand: the New Zealand praying mantis (Orthodera novaezealandiae) and the South African praying mantis (Miomantis caffra). The picture shows a female of the South African version. These insects were first recorded in New Lynn in 1978. They have spread and it is thought that they are displacing the NZ species.

Find more weekend reflections at James’ Newtown Area Photo.