Monday

Mantis Molt


One of the highlights of my walk yesterday one day in June,  was finding the shed exoskeleton of a baby mantis. I didn't even realize the the mantis went through a molt.


This is the same picture. The first picture shows a rotated view but this picture show exactly how I found it - on the underside of a leaf.

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
~Joseph Campbell

33 comments:

Laura~peach~ said...

i did not know this either...how totally awesome a find and great pics!

Snappy Di said...

Interesting shot. I never knew they molted either.

Di

Jane said...

How amazing! As always I also love your quote.

PoetessWug said...

WOW!!! It begs all kinds of questions about how they get out of their skin with everything seemingly intact!.....O_0 Hmmm....

texwisgirl said...

great shots and perfect quote to go with them! :)

Happyone : ) said...

Cool picture - I didn't know they did either!!

Della said...

That is amazing! What a neat find!

grammie g said...

Hi Kerri...I did not realize this either ..what a great find!!
Thanks for that bit of knowledge!!
The quote is beautiful!!

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Beyond My Garden said...

I did not know this either. Thanks.
nelllie

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That is a great find.I love the quote.

Kelly said...

...now that's a cool photo with great detail!! Love it...

SLH said...

Wow! Amazing shot!

BirdingMaine said...

Add me as clueless. Fanatastic capture Kerri!

Country Girl said...

Oh, how cool!

Cynthia White said...

Super-duper-very cool Kerri!

Julie G. said...

So very interesting. I was not aware of this. Cool image! Love the quote paired with the photograph!

the wild magnolia said...

You are a passionate observer! Your observations benefit everyone taking the time to visit.

I did not know they molted either!

Thank you, for sharing.

Steve Borichevsky said...

Great find!

Carletta said...

What a terrific find Kerri!
I'm glad you're the one who found it because only you could make dead skin look good. :)

eileeninmd said...

Wow, what a cool find. Kerri your photos are amazing.

Catherine said...

Oh my stars ~ that's a little freaky!!
xo Catherine

Hilary said...

Oh excellent find. Very cool!

Shady Gardener said...

How in the world did you spot it???

ladyfi said...

Wow! Amazing!

slommler said...

That is incredible. I didn't know they molted either!! Good shot!
Congrats on your POTW
Hugs
SueAnn

Snappy Di said...

Hey! You got POTW... Congratulations!!

Di

ellen abbott said...

very cool.

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Amazing find and great job capturing it.

Bossy Betty said...

Great picture and quote too!

Congratulations on your POTW!

Out on the prairie said...

Lovely find, the textures are real nice.

TSannie said...

What a find. Glad you take your camera with you on your walks!
Perfect POTW.

Poppy said...

Great photos! I was lucky enough to see a dragfly hatch out of its pupae last year, and I had my new camera there, it was a truly wonderful sight, nature is just so amazing :)

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