Today, I found a needle in a haystack – the needle being a praying mantis and the haystack being Peach Hill Park in Poughkeepsie.
I was examining shrubs and flowers for new types of skippers to photograph for my collection when I saw unusual moment in a shrub near the parking lot. I would have never guessed it would be my first praying mantis sighting ever.
I literally had to lay on the ground to get my initial photos, but as I watched him walk from leaf to leaf, he eventually came out into the open, which is when I went to town. In the blink of an eye, he jumped further into the shrub, and I lost him. Simply amazing!