Tenodera sinensis

Photograph by Al Denelsbeck.

Photography contest, Honorable Mention.

Tenodera_sinensis_sinensis – Chinese praying mantis. Mr. Denelsbeck writes that the mantis is "consuming an unidentified katydid, family Tettigoniidae, on a butterfly bush. The flash batteries had pegged out, so I shot wide open at F/4 under light overcast skies for this image, producing a focus effect I rather liked. Determining whether it's art or not is up to the viewer."