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I’m sitting out SoCS today while recovering from a summer cold. Here’s a post I’ve had waiting in the wings about my close encounter with a praying mantis whose deliberate movements and intent stare gave the impression of mindfulness. This is the first time I’ve ever shared a video here on WP. It should rotate when you click on it.

Have you ever had this kind of encounter with a praying mantis or other insect?


mantis on bag

Pausing just in time to see you

Clinging to the lawn bag

Displaced by my weeding frenzy.

We studied each other for a bit

And I hoped I hadn’t stuffed

Other bugs in with the vines.

I leaned the bag slowly

Toward the mailbox post.

Your front legs reached, pedaling

Until you were close enough to grab hold.

I thought you’d climb down,

But you climbed on top of the mailbox

To view the neighborhood.

mantis on mailbox long

You swiveled your head to look at me.

We studied each other, curious.

Then you turned and walked down the other side

And prepared to dive down into the foliage.

mantis poised to jump

I turned to admire the late golden sun.

You must have seen your chance

To disappear into the green.



Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

41 thoughts on “Mantis

  1. Great capture, JoAnna. We often get specimens on our windows at night, drawn to the lights inside. The direct stare at you was amazing.

  2. They’re amazing creatures, Awesome images and video, JoAnna. I actually had a similar experience with a spider dangling from the ceiling in front of me once. I wrote a poem about it. It’s been probably 25 years ago. Not sure if I still have it or not.

  3. A splendid set, including the video

  4. Quite a formidable stare, JoAnna! They can easily escape detection among the green leaves of our garden plants. He or she must’ve thought: Oops, my cover is blown. Better to stay still and take my chances.

  5. I liked when he turned to look at you.

  6. Very nice shots of an interesting insect. These things have always given me the willies but I do realize their importance in the environment. I remember my f0lks calling them a prayerful bug or something along those lines. I hope you are over your summer cold in a few days. Summer colds can be one big nuisance and that might be putting it mildly.

    • Thanks, Yvonne. I think I picked this up when I did some volunteer work with first graders just over a week ago. My immune system needs to get back into shape. Working on it. I’m glad you liked my praying mantis shots.

  7. Every morning when I go out to our postage-stamp front yard to water the flowers, there is a bumble bee that comes to chat with me. He has been coming ’round for three summers now, and while I know it isn’t possible, I would swear it is the same one every year. We talk about stuff … the flowers, politics, the latest book I’m reading, the loud motorcycle that disturbs sleep for us both. He hovers right in front of my face, and I know he’s listening, absorbing, understanding. A couple of times he has landed on my nose in order to get a closer look, to look into my eyes. There is a connection between us. 🐝

    • What a wonderful relationship! Anything is possible, Jill. If it’s not the same bee, then maybe the previous bees transferred some awareness of you to the next. I believe that even insects can sense good vibes. Maybe bees just like you! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for sharing this!

      • Y’know … we commune with nature, whether bees, birds, or caterpillars ( a whole ‘nother story, for I have a relationship with a pair of them, too!), and then when we have to return to the human world … it’s somehow disappointing.

  8. JoAnna, I love your poem and pictures of this clever and sweet Mantis. He really took to you I think,
    with that long deep look. 😊 . Wonderful to make such a deep poem from the meeting with a little
    creature. Very important little creature.


    • Thank you, Miriam. I appreciate that this mantis was willing to hang around and gaze at me after I probably disrupted his habitat. Maybe the message he or she was trying to convey was to be more mindful when I’m pulling vines.

  9. WOW – I’m in awe of the video – I love how it turned and looked at you! Great job. Your poem goes well with the photos, too! Thank you for sharing. I hope you feel better soon too!! Take care, xx

  10. Great video and nice writing. πŸ™‚

  11. Loved this JoAnna.. The closest thing we have to these lovely creatures are Grass hoppers.. πŸ™‚
    Great poem, and I hope your cold is on the mend..
    Loved the video you posted too πŸ™‚ ❀

  12. Look at the sass! But how gorgeous – this is a lucky capture πŸ™‚ Hope you are on the road to recovery, JoAnna!

  13. I loved your beautiful story and perfect capture!!

  14. That’s what all free flowing birds, insects and animals think if we intrude around them slightly more, isn’t it…

  15. I love this post. I just had a great encounter with a pregnant praying mantis

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