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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: 2004-11-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron AF70-300mm LD, Kenko Extension tube (12mm)
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Things in and around my house., 5 favs. and up - PART 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-22 3:48
Viewed: 5955
Favorites: 7 [view]
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Giant Cone-headed Mantis (Empusa Capensis? maybe fronticornis)

Family: Empusidae (Gargoyle and cone-headed mantids)

They are usually slender large mantids, with a bizarre cone on the head and leaf like lobes. They also have femoral lobes on legs. Body length is 80mm and these ones can take up large prey. It is one of the largest insects in our region.

There is not a lot of information available on these critters. It is the first time I have seen this mantis here in our region. This photo was taken just after the rain and you can see that he is drenched.

If you like to see a mantis laying eggs have a look here.

The eggs hatched and little mantids appearing can be found here.

Sorry out of time on the note will update later.

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Wow Gerhard! This is my favourite one of yours so far.What a bizarre and beautiful mantis. Big too! Great clarity and colour.
Fantastic shot. Choice!

Wow great shot, very good reflections on the rain drops. Great details
Well done

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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 0 N: 180] (853)
  • [2004-11-22 4:25]

Wonderful creature,wonderful shot.Super details and very good colors.Thanks for posting

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-11-22 4:29]

Perfectly taken. I don't like mantis but this one is scary and beautiful. Top-class picture!

Dude, you are something else ! Unbelievable images and story worth of natural history magazine article ... I love the lil` punks freshly hatched , never seen one until you showed up... I always imagined the insect photographer as the ,,self made oportunist,, but you are the ,,chinese patience persistent,, one ... From the bottom of my lungs: BRAVOOOOO !!!!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-22 6:53]

Wow... tenía pensado publicar mi primera mantis, pero luego de ver esta especie, creo que la dejaré para el futuro Gerhard ;-)
Irreal insecto... con una composicion de excelente calidad.
La inclinacion del insecto, su entorno, el DOF y su encuadre conforman una gran presentacion.

Wow, I had thought to publish my first mantis, but after seeing this species, I believe that I will leave it for the future Gerhard ;-)
Unreal insect... with a composition of excellent quality.
The inclination of the insect, its surroundings, the DOF and their frame conform a great presentation.

What kind of animals are living in your country???
Great shot a very good one.

It's a winner Gerhard! A great number of elements add up to make this an exceptional post. Superb color, detail, comp., & the water droplets shown capturing the red from the flower are simply fantastic!! Great job on linking supporting info. to your shot today. Very well done!!!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-22 11:02]
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Amazing! I certainly have never seen a mantid like this before. I'm most interested in it's feathered antennae, they look like they have come off a moth. Really good shot and the water droplets give a very good effect.

Well done Gerhard.

Gerhard another superb shot a real beastie of and insect. it is well seen and so detailed , presume the water is either dew or rain droplets?

looking at the thumbnail the mantis isn't noticeable, i thought you are showing the fuschia flower , enlarging the photo, best shot of the insect and the drops at its body...tfs!

Very good Gerhard.
Great colour and composition, very good details.
Very clear and the raindrops are very nice.
Good note.
Great work.

Fantastic stuff, you caught my attention for a lot of time, one of the most interesting insect posts I have seen until now. The only thing is that you spoiled such a beautiful background and composition. The mantis is so strange and captivating, that takes all the interest. Next time post the mantis by itself and keep the scenario for another bug. :-D
Welcome to my favourites.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-11-22 12:14]

Your mastery continues. Brilliant job gerhardt. One day when I'm big, I'm also gonna take such good shots

Nothing to retell, your photo is astonishing, I don't think that I will have seen this bug in vegetation, direct in my favorite photos, you merit one very very great shot

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-22 14:56]

As I metioned to you over the phone, this is one of the best shots I have seen in a long time! This one rreally does things for met.

Thanks for posting this beaty.

wow! I have never seen such an interesting mantis! The shot is well composed, colors vivid and DOF good! TFS!! -laurita

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-03-18 16:51]

Hi Gerhard!
Very good reflections on the rain drops. Great details,great colour and composition.
Well done

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