Friday, October 17, 2008

At a flower market .....

this specimen of spectacular Bornean slipper orchid Paphiopedilum stonei was attracting a lot of attention. Many visitors passing by just have to stop and take a closer look at this curiously beautiful bloom. Unfortunately, the mantis, which was disturbed from its original perch, made the wrong choice of landing here and subjecting itself to unwanted scrutiny.
Changes can be risky. The very survival advantage nature bestowed upon the mantis when it rested amongst the curly young green leaves and branches suddenly became somewhat of a liability.

4 comments:

kompoStella said...

risky for the mantis, i agree, but you sure got some wonderful pictures though!

Hon E said...

sigh, my life story

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Beautiful!!

titania said...

Great picture of a wonderful orchid with a bonus praying mantis! I say; well done.

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