Holloway said he “just encountered” the praying mantis while maintaining a rodent bait station behind a restaurant. The fact that the insect was able to stand still on the cone with its truck (logo displayed) in the backyard “made it look like the photographer had staged a photo op,” said one of the judges in the PCT.
Another of the judges noted that “the photo was well framed with the insect on top of the cone and the truck logo somewhat out of focus”.
Holloway said he encounters a fair amount of praying mantises in his service area (Rapid City, SD and surrounding areas) and tries not to harm them as they are beneficial insects.
Like many PCOs, Holloway isn’t a professional photographer, but he keeps his iPhone handy and was able to capture some great photos, many of which will be posted on Facebook.
He has owned Karma Pest Solutions for five years. Before that, he ran a trade route for a pest control company and his previous occupations include working for Lowe’s. Holloway said Karma Pest Solutions has a good mix of commercial and residential operations and also does a good job of wildlife control.
“The best part of the job is you become a hero,” he said. “I love being able to help a customer who is calling in a panic because of bats in the house, or a snake in the basement, or who just has a bug phobia.”
Holloway earns $500 from PCT. Look for a slideshow of the 10 finalist photos from this year’s competition.