The predator hunts
Watching me while stalking prey
Tiny but deadly
Shortly after I had filled my newly painted blue pots with plants and placed them on the stoep, I noticed this little guy checking them out.
It seems he was drawn to the bright blue colour that complemented his own bright green.
In the process of spraying my bronze pots, I went to check on them to see how they were drying –
And on one of the pots, I found this little guy – all bronze!
By the time I had got my camera he had left the pot and was creeping away in the leaf litter.
At first I was horrified, thinking I had inadvertently sprayed the poor thing with paint, while spraying my plant pots.
On closer inspection, I realised this was just his colour.
I had never seen a bronze praying mantis before!
Maybe the little bronze guy was trying to camouflage himself on the bronze pots, just as the bright green mantis was blending in on the bright blue pot.
Amazing how like attracts like.