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Laying Mantis

Laying Mantis
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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: 2004-05-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Minolta Dimage Z1
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mantodea: Mantis, Things in and around my house. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-07-27 16:40
Viewed: 6115
Points: 39
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Phylum - Arthropoda
Class - Insecta
Order - Dictyoptera
Family - Mantidae

Praying Mantis

Afrikaans name: Hottentot's god, because it figures in San myths and folktales in a role similar to the clever fox in European folktales. Khoisan herd boys still use mantises to "divine" the location of lost animals.

I found this specimen outside my bedroom window and was very excited to see it laying eggs. I took lots of photos and a video of it. I can wait until spring (2 months time) to see them emerge. I will try to take photos then. (Better brush up on macro skills however)

Breeding season is in the summer in temperate areas. After mating, the female will lay groups of 12-400 eggs in the autumn, in a "frothy" liquid called an "ootheca", that turns into a hard protective shell. This is how these insects survive during the wintertime. Small mantids emerge in the spring. Often, their first meal is a sibling. Young mantids or nymphs, also eat leafhoppers, aphids and small flies. Young mantids will shed many times before it is full grown. It takes an entire summer or growing season for mantids to mature to adulthood. One generation develops each season. Many species of mantids resemble ants when they are small, but as they go through a series of molts, they begin to look more like adult mantids.

japie, PDP, milloup, Robbrown, AndyB, carper, Esox, Callie, mogens-j, Ninfa, danbachmann, RAP, Oldtree, Bernard, Griffin, extramundi, Nephrotome2 has marked this note useful
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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-07-27 17:09]

Excellent Macro work with great definition - Now you must keep an eye out for when these hatch and be ready to take more shots.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-07-27 17:12]

What a capture! Well done, very interesting and funny title. Good detail in the photo although a greater DoF would've improved things. Congratulations.

Nice and sharp capture of this mantis, only the front paws fall outside the DOF range, but focus is where it matters ;-))
I can well understand you're excited about this, from what I've heard these are ferocious insects, so if they immediately start eating each other, there should be scope for some very interesting captures ;-)

Very nice shot, nice to see one doing something other than praying ;0))), yep the legs and antenae are a little soft in the focus, you could use the burntool softly to darken the areas a bit makes them look more in focus.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-07-27 19:19]

Excellent capture!
Nice detail and tones of colour,the title is great and your note also.
Hope you get the chance to capture the newly hatched ones too!

wauw, what a details Gerhard.
I love it, very good macro, good colours and the details are amasing good.
very good job

  • Great 
  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-07-28 12:25]

A great instant to shoot!
Great details and DOF.
Very well done.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-07-28 13:57]

This is great, catching her in the act! This alone is a feat! Watch your point of focus, t was her lower abdomen and the egg sack, hence the eyes are soft. This is due to the wide open f-stop. F8 or smaller, and evertything should be in focus.

Nice capture of this predator Gerhard and you even captured her in the middle of the egglaying which means that you will have a lot of new models in a short time - congratulations. Nice colours and composition and very sharp too.

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  • Ninfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 3 N: 204] (747)
  • [2004-07-31 1:38]

HOla Gerhard: Wow, wonderful event, only, special, I think that their eyes and their antennas are difficult to capture for the texture and color of their skin in these parts, you captured these wings very well in form of leaves, very well captured the foamy aspect of the liquid called ootheca. Thank you to share it with us and congratulations to also have taken the video. Saludos Cordiales. Feliz fin de semana. *Ninfa Urania*

I've never seen one laying eggs before and now I am looking forward to your followup of the hatchlings! Given the difficult lighting here, you got a very good shot.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-08-19 18:25]

Esta es una de las imagenes anteriores a mi ingreso, que tenia pendientes de critica.
Hermosa captura... gran nitidez, impresionante oportunidad de captar el desove.
Bellos colores y perfecto encuadre.
10 puntos... realmente.

This is one of the images previous to my entrance, that had pendant of criticizes.
Beautiful capture... great clearness, impressive opportunity to catch the egg-laying.
Pretty colors and perfect frame.
10 points... really.

  • Great 
  • Pedda Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 1 N: 247] (1287)
  • [2004-08-24 15:55]

Nice capture. Well spotted. Great details and compo.

Stunning photo. Very good moment, great details and DOF.
I like it

Mucha suerte de haber estado en el momento preciso que ella estaba para tu foto. Pero he visto en todas tus fotografías que "has estado en el momento preciso", o que eres una persona muy paciente.

Just discovered this one. Naturally, the action of laying eggs makes the shot here, and I'm sure your video must be fascinating. As it is, with the wings loose, this mantis represents the continuous life story. To me, a beautiful shot, caught at the right moment, and with a perfect point of view. Awaiting for the babies now!

Good capture, good detail and macro work. Something I never would be able to experience you capture, thank you it is avery intressting photo

This is a nice photo, I wish the front legs of the mantis were a little bit more in focus. The title is catchy and the egg laying capture is unique. Good job on a very nice macro.

I remember voting "It´s alive", but I dont know how did I forget to vote this one.
An excellent job. Thanks my friend.

I found the eggs many times but had never seen the process of laying the eggs. Nice capture. I don't mind the DOF is a littke too short. The head and the eggs are in focus and it is what matters. Thanks for posting. JM

amazing capture, TFS Ori

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