Spot the mantis!

Here’s the first “spot the” for 2017, and it comes from reader Mark Sturtevant. His note and photo:

It has been an age since I did one of these. Can the readers of WEIT spot the praying mantis? As with one of the others I did, this is probably a European mantis (Mantis religiosa) that is common around here.

Click on the picture (twice with an interval between clicks) to enlarge it.

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I’ll put up the reveal at noon Chicago time. I rate this one “pretty hard”. And don’t forget, you too can submit “spot the” pictures, but make sure that a. the animal is not easy to find and b. it isn’t places in the center of the photo!

13 Comments

  1. GBJames
    Posted January 3, 2017 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    This one I can’t find.

  2. moleatthecounter
    Posted January 3, 2017 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Good grief…

    After half an hour in Photoshop with sharpen filters, inverts, etc, I *may* have found it, but I not confident!

    Very hard!

    • Mark Sturtevant
      Posted January 3, 2017 at 9:44 am | Permalink

      I am never sure how these things will turn out. Since I know where it is (and it is in plain sight), my eye goes right to it.

      • moleatthecounter
        Posted January 3, 2017 at 10:47 am | Permalink

        I like them, so a big thank you from me.

        Just opened it in P/s again – and I am much more confident now…!

  3. Dominic
    Posted January 3, 2017 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    oh, come on!

  4. Alpha Neil
    Posted January 3, 2017 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    Is it missing it’s head? I see what appears to be a brown body with legs but don’t see the telltale mantis head. Perhaps he was lunch for a female?

    • moleatthecounter
      Posted January 3, 2017 at 10:39 am | Permalink

      I thought this also!

    • Mark Sturtevant
      Posted January 3, 2017 at 10:42 am | Permalink

      It has a head, but its cleaning one of its forelegs.

    • HaggisForBrains
      Posted January 3, 2017 at 10:54 am | Permalink

      I reckon I’ve found your headless one, and now after two careful passes I’m suffering from mantis pareidolia. I think I’ve found another insect, but only the forelegs, and the head looks too small.

  5. Mark R.
    Posted January 3, 2017 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    No luck.

  6. John Scanlon, FCD
    Posted January 3, 2017 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    It’s behind the lower right quadrant of the book cover from where I’m sitting

  7. ploubere
    Posted January 3, 2017 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    The only identifiable parts are the legs.

  8. Adrian
    Posted January 4, 2017 at 4:18 am | Permalink

    I can’t find the Mantis but I did find all the stick insects and Leaf insects!


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