A cricket?? Praying Mantis?? Scary looking close up!
We found it on the wall of our back terrace. I know the Greek word, but could not translate it. So, I looked it up on google, and it said grasshopper. I then looked up pictures of grasshoppers, and it looked similar to those. But, you might be right. I do not know. Very interesting-looking insect. I got really close. I could only see one eye - that looked steadily at me - so I presume it must have been injured at some stage.
What a great photo - I think it is a praying mantis, and such a beautiful form. Delightful that you were able to examine it and capture its image so well.
Thank you both, Avril and Olga - the overwhelming feeling is that it's a praying mantis, so I will change the title of the post. I always wondered what a praying mantis looked like. We were hanging out the washing when we saw it. We both examined it very closely, and it did not move at all - it was happy to be examined, and at times it looked back.
I had no idea that they lived in Greece. I had a close encounter with one in Zimbabwe: it landed on the back of my neck when I was shopping for food. A hasty swipe from me knocked it out unfortunately, before someone else killed it. They are such fascinating looking creatures, with their long necks. Just like elongated grasshoppers. Thank you for sharing your photo.
Thank you Olga.