Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A Reflective Praying Mantis on Bougainvillea

Praying mantis looks like walking dried twigs. The eyeballs are enormous compared to the size of its head. The mouth piece is very small and this give the head an overall triangle shape. It is weird looking like some alien from outer space.
The front pair of legs are habitually in a praying hands posture, thus its moniker.

It has an adventurous spirit and nimbly crossed this floral bridge of variegated bougainvillea.

Every now and then it stop to survey the surroundings from a leafy podium.

It selected a vantage point to have a good view of my garden and stayed a long time, possibly to reflect. 

"By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest" - Confucius 

It finally settled on a pale yellow leaf, without any variegations. When I got clicking away,

 it turned to face me, and I gotcha this shot with the half-opened bedroom eyes, scrutinising me.


Pure white flowers on yellow-green variegated leaves.

This is the stomping ground of this intrepid praying mantis. Light purple and white flowers are borne on the same stem. Light blue Plumbago Auriculata flowers and numerous leaf blades of Neomarica longifolia (Yellow Walking Iris) are seen below it.

An antique silver neck ring (hansuli) worn by women living in the Rajasthan Punjab region.
(circa early 20th century, from my sister's collection)


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