A mantis buffet

At Upolu Airport, where I go walking a lot, there’s a mock orange hedge with a passion vine running through it. I check this hedge to see what’s happening on it and lately, it’s been overrun by flies. I don’t know why this is, but I wasn’t surprised when I noticed two praying mantises stationed in the hedge. They were having a field day.

The flies would flit around as flies do, but when one settled, a mantis would strike. Their success rate was quite high, but the flies were easy targets. The safest place to be was on one of the mantises, but that wasn’t a long term solution.

The scene remained the same over three or four days, and then, though the flies were still around, the mantises disappeared. I guess that’s understandable. I mean, how many flies do you think you could eat before you’d start looking for something different?

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    1. Graham Post author

      I have a Panasonic Lumix FZ-200. It’s a fixed lens, but with a good lens and a very good range. I like it because it’s not too heavy when I go walking or on longer hikes and it still allows me to take a good range of photos. I’ve been using it for 6 or 7 years now and haven’t had any issues with it, which is good because it gets a bounced around quite a bit and is exposed to a lot of dust and salt air. A newer version, the FZ-300, has been out for a while.

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        1. Graham Post author

          It’s actually not the greatest for close shots. I either have to stand back and zoom in, or get close and try and get a macro shot, which is not the camera’s strongest feature. Over the years I’ve figured out what works and what doesn’t and that helps. I’ll also crop and otherwise adjust photos a bit when I process the photos in Photoshop Express. That can really help a lot, too.

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