Introducing: Johnny Mantis

Praying Mantis

“Pray tell me, man! Which way to Mars?”

Mantis vs. Man

A rose is a rose is a bug on my rose moss,
mostly rosy, except for that glare…mostly creepy.

Martian Mantis heading for Mars

Johnny Mantis preparing for take-off!

Buggy pretty in pink

Pretty buggy in pink tutu!

A bug with a view

A bug with a view of our back patio.

A full-length feature creature

A full-length feature creature, if ever I saw one.

Searching for a Mars Bar

“I know I left a Mars Bar in here somewhere, dagnabbit!”

Uncle Tree and Johnny Mantis

Johnny Mantis is telling Uncle Tree a tall tale.

A laughing praying Mantis

A laughing Praying Mantis knows no bounds.

A Johnny Mantis sunset

One should never count him completely out of the picture.

International Space Station

At the end of the day, Johnny hops on board his space station,

and heads for home. I pray, he made it safely.

Praying with A Praying Mantis

Photographs by Uncle Tree and his lady, Lucy Scarlett

with a special thanks to our star for the day,

Johnny Mantis!

A Praying Mantis profile

“Are you lookin’ at me?”



26 thoughts on “Introducing: Johnny Mantis

  1. Hey this fellow is really cute. No if you could teach Johnny Mantis to sing like Johnny Mathis you’d have it made and the fellow could live his life in clover.

  2. This was a rare occasion, Sarah. That was the first one I’ve seen in Nebraska. I first noticed Johnny that morning, and he stayed until sunset. Quite photogenetic was this Martian creature. And, obviously, he didn’t scare easily. I finally bugged him too much, and he flew off into the sunset, like a homesick ET, wishing he could “phone home”.

  3. πŸ™‚ Thank you kindly, Ed!
    Intricate and personal was my day with this strange beauty.
    Rewarding work is always enjoyable, and rather rare in these parts.

    Peace and luvz, bro!

  4. πŸ™‚ Thank you for the kind compliment, D! Much appreciated!
    Johnny says, “Hello!” and “Thank you, sir!” You see,
    he left me this sweet little communication device, so we can stay in touch. πŸ˜‰ Cheerio! UT

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