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It's Alive!

It's Alive!
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Minolta Dimage Z1
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mantodea: Mantis, Things in and around my house. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-09-12 9:07
Viewed: 7141
Favorites: 1 [view]
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Hatching Mantids

This is a follow up to the laying mantis I posted a while back. The laying mantis can be found here. I visited friends out of town on the weekend and knew they could hatch anyday now. I was extatic when I got home and saw one already out.


The eggs laying took place on the 22 May 2004. They hatched today! (13:20 Timezone: GMT +2h) The incubation period lasted for 113 days. On average they take 5-6 minutes from the head appears until they are fully emerged. Once emerged they sit perfectly still. The stone wall lending itself nicely for camouflage. An ant gripped the second hatchling and scurried away with it. They are very small +\- 2-3mm. (a ballpoint pens' tip covers them completely)

The place were they hatched was not ideal for taking photos. But I used all the valuable tricks I learned from you guys (like using a paper infront of flash and reflecting light of the paper onto the subject) to try and get light on them. They were to high up on the wall to use a tripod so all the photos were taken from hand. I am still a bit shaking from the excitement but will keep a keen eye on them to see what else they are up to.

The last photo the little critter assumes the praying position 12 minutes after birth. He looks so adamant.

extramundi, marhowie, PDP, ellis49, carper, Callie, milloup, Signal-Womb, danbachmann, Jax, AndyB, Oldtree, Bernard, normanw, Leigh_Hall has marked this note useful
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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-09-12 9:53]

Gracias... es todo lo que puedo decirte Gerhard.
La captura que has logrado como final de una secuencia donde mostrabas el desove del mantis es impresionante.
Felicitaciones por permitirnos compartir esto.

Thanks... are everything what I can say you Gerhard.
The capture which you have obtained like end of a sequence where you showed the egg-laying of mantis is impressive.
Congratulations to allow us to share this.

I agree with RAP, shots like this really add feeling to this site. I really enjoyed the shot of the laying mantis, and now I find this I feel excited. Thanks.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-12 10:35]

Wow, very nice Gerhard. And very well done considering how small you say they are. I've never see anything like this before so I am wel and truely impressed.

Gerhard, I found this set very interesting. These are excellent shots with the subject so very small-reminds me of the Jumping Spider I photographed at 1/8". These are smaller? Excellent note. Thanks for a great post!!

Great Gerhard.
A very great work.
I'm agree with the others.
Very well done.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-09-12 12:35]

So Gerhard,
Your not only a bird specialist but also a macro specialist.
Naast de vogelmannen uit Sud Africa, krijgen we nu ook de macro man uit Sud Africa. En we hadde ook al een roofdieren man. fun. Erg goede reportage en elke foto is erg mooi genomen. Mijn complimenten Gerhard. Exelent job.

Gerhard just superb, such detail well worth keeping an eye on them, have you radio tagged a few so we can watch them grow up ;0))))#.

Wel baie geluk met jou babysit, dit het gewerk. En hierdie klein outjies is pragtig. Die beligtig s nie sleg nie.
Baie mooi gedoen.
▒ = Alt plus 241 met jou numlock aan.
Jy het bie goeie tegnieke hier in jou nota wat ekbittergraag wil leer! Ek ek weet Japie wil ook.

Very well executed series of these little critters ;-) Interesting to see their first, tentative steps into the world, especially in no. 3 which shows that also mantis youngs sometimes have trouble keeping track of their legs ;-))

This is just great this Treknature site. The time and effort people like yourself put into their posts makes the internet very much an educational tool. Great photography and content Gerhard.

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  • Jax Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 77 W: 0 N: 150] (500)
  • [2004-09-12 20:19]

Wow - a great series and well done you for capturing the moment.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-09-13 3:24]

Excellent series of work,these critters are so small and you've captured them perfectly.
Great work,fascinating to view.
Very well done indeed.

Brilliant presentation, Gerhard.

It is fascinating what wonderful photo you can find here.

Thanks for charing.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-09-13 16:19]

I am busy working through my backlog from being off line and it is shots like these that makes me glad I'm doing so. This is a beautiful series and these small things you capture around your house now has me looking for these small but interesting thins as well - Thanks for that and also for this posting

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  • ste (66)
  • [2004-09-15 9:14]

photo et moment fantastique; on dirait qu'ils ont posÚs!

This is outstanding work. What a pleasure it must have been to witness this rare event. They are so small, and yet you have captured all the details extremely well.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2004-09-20 4:31]

This is an exclusive serie!

Great to see you got them. It is very impressive shots for how small the hatchlings are. Very well taken, and realy put a smile on your face to see them. So when is the 1st to school photos coming?

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