A Mantis Does Not Know Fear

This mantis is a beauty.

I found it under a street light, where it regarded me with a noticeable lack of fear while I snapped pictures.

It was about the length of my middle finger.

It was still enough that I could take pictures with the necessary 1.3″ shutter and not worry about it moving.

To get this level of detail and crispness out of the camera’s kit lens, I was manually focusing in increments of about 1/5 of a degree. The viewfinder is unhelpful for perfect focus.