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So...er...fly...holy...er.

Cheating scum depth of field work? Yes.

Using a fake fly 'cos real ones fly away? No.

There are some things money can't buy, for everything else, there's trickery.  It's worked every other time he's tried. But it's like a parachute isn't it: it only needs to go wrong once. One of these days gravity is going to notice his japes. But not today, hopefully, not today...

Grantchester Meadows. A very chilled out, green praying mantis. South Africa < Fiesty mantis. Trying to get a shot of this included following it for about five minutes while it would just not stop moving. South Africa again. > It has to work. Just this one time. The escape has to happen he can only try once. It's like a rocket launch, isn't it? Months of planning, hours of effort, for this one single chance. This one day will change his life. It might go wrong, but not today, no way, not today...

Grantchester Meadows. Grantchester Meadows. The male Banded Damoiselle.  This guy is an ancient. All the rest of his generation died months ago, there were elytra all over the ground and yet he trundles on.

The sun flashes over head, chasing the moon at break-neck speed. The land fades green then yellow then brown and then green again, and still he trundles on.

The knobbles on his back worn shiny by time, he walks with a purpose that cannot be dulled, that is to trundle on. 

So, yeah. A Toctoci beetle. South Africa


Fiesty mantis. Trying to get a shot of this included following it for about five minutes while it would just not stop moving. South Africa again.
Fiesty mantis. Trying to get a shot of this included following it for about five minutes while it would just not stop moving. South Africa again.

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