30 Days in the Dells – #5

Richard Charpentier 30 Days in the Dells 1 Comment

Forgive the fact that two photos from yesterday are showing up in today’s post.  It has to be done.  Why?

I think that the Mantis has to be one of the coolest insects out there.  I always have.  These little bugs have a look that draws me in.  The deep green color, the way they watch you when you approach, and the way they pose for the camera.

I’m always happy to see a mantis.  I know they control certain bug populations, and they’re usually good for gardens and plants.  Normally you’ll find them hiding among the leaves of the plants.  Just waiting for another bug to pop by.

In the case of this mantis it was found on a dark picnic table.  It didn’t blend in at all.  I explained to the Mantis that it should probably move over to one of the neighboring plants.  No response, no reaction, it continued to stand watch on the table.  It did that into the evening, and remained there when I got ready for bed.

This morning my Mantis is gone.  Hopefully it moved over to a nearby bush.  I’m sure it will have better hunting success.

So, why spend so much time on a bug commonly found in many other regions?  I guess I’m just happy to know they’re here in Northern Arizona.  There are many animals I’m happy to find here, and if I get a photo of them in the Dells I’ll be sure to post them.

What animals have I seen here?

  • A bobcat multiple times.
  • One mountain lion at a distance in the park.
  • Javalina too many times.
  • Skunks.
  • Racoons (last night as a matter of fact).
  • Osprey.
  • Herons.
  • Ducks & geese (many types).
  • Cormorants (did I spell that right?).
  • Frogs.
  • Snakes, lizards, etc.
  • And more……..!

The Dells are loaded with life!  Just a cool spot if you ask me!

Comments 1

  1. Oh these little praying guys are too cute aren’t they? They seem to be very tolerant of us big people as well…I love it when you sit and talk to them and they cock their little heads to listen to you…


    I talk to Praying Mantis…

    And you thought it was awkward to just take pictures of them? 🙂

    (Oh, I am loving your tiny racoons…would you consider a trade for some baby skunks that are showing up in my yard? They’re very cute and playfull…but they’re making the cat edgy)

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