Gallery - Creepy crawlers

Readers share their snapshots of insects at work

Readers share their snapshots of insects at work

November 02, 2008|By JULIE E. GREENE

Tri-State-area photographers captured three praying mantises and some other critters, including a stick bug.

With the season changing, new photographic possibilities will crop up. We've seen plenty of sunsets, sunrises, bees and praying mantises, so if you photograph something distinctive, we'd love to see it.

The Herald-Mail runs readers' best recent photographs, taken in the Tri-State area, on this page.

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"While taking photos at Renfrew Park in Waynesboro (Pa.) early one morning I found this bee 'getting breakfast.' This was the most cooperative bee. Initially, I was not going to photograph it because I felt that by the time I switched lens and composed the shot the bee would move to another flower. Not this bee, it alighted on a blossom and remained," wrote Doris Burdick, 65, of Greencastle, Pa., in an e-mail.

"Well, you know summer is finally over when you see woolly bears. My son and I were out mowing grass when I almost ran over him! So we picked him up and decided to take a few pictures of him. Then my son Chaise said it's time to let you go ... and he put him in a tree," wrote Melissa Smith, who lives west of Hagerstown.

Thelma Wagner, who lives east of Hancock, used a Kodak EasyShare to photograph this praying mantis on a tree behind her clothesline in mid-October. "Last year, while hanging up clothes, I took a picture of a small green snake in the same tree ... I now call it my posing tree," she wrote in an e-mail.

Joe Wojcicky, 61, of Marlowe, W.Va., photographed this moth with a 3 1/2-inch wingspan in July in his backyard, then saw some information about this species, an Io, in his Birds & Blooms magazine. The "eyes" on its back are used to scare away its predators, he wrote. The moths die in about a week. They have no mouths.

Jim Davis, of State Line, Pa., was cutting bee balm in his flower garden around early October when he noticed this praying mantis sitting on a rock. "I used my Nikon Coolpix S550 for the shot. I thought the praying mantis was getting a little irritated by the way he was staring at me," Davis wrote in an e-mail.

John Winger used his Blackberry phone to catch this praying mantis near Hagerstown's City Park on Sept. 7. "This praying mantis hitched a ride on my wife's bag. After a brief flight, she (the mantis) landed on the greenery. She was heavy with expectant young," Winger wrote.

Patty Murray, 43, of McConnellsburg, Pa., used a Polaroid digital camera on Sept. 4 to photograph this stick bug, which was about 3 inches long. The bug was under the deck on the side of the dog's water dish. "That was the biggest stick bug I've ever seen," Murray wrote.

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