This praying mantis was really interesting to watch. He seemed quite attentive, and whenever I moved, his head and eyes would follow. I've never seen an insect do that before. He was safely on top of our boat about 4-1/2 feet in the air. While I was photographing the praying mantis, my chocolate lab strolled by a few times oblivious to the insect on the boat. However, the praying mantis followed my dog with her eyes, and when it perceived the dog as a threat, it reared back and stood taller. What a curious creature. I heard that this praying mantis isn't a common sight in MN, but I have yet to confirm that.
1st Place - November 2012 - MVPC Open
Merit - October 2013 - N4C
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