Tuesday, September 9, 2008


Two weeks ago I beheld the following on a bean vine. I was confused and startled by the sheer number of legs, and first I thought it was dead, but I blew toward it and some of the legs waved. And then I finally parsed the image as a praying mantis going through (presumably) final molt. Look at how much it's changed in size!

Underside view:

Back view:

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