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Brunner's Mantis

Brunner's Mantis
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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Tamron 18-200mm F3,5-6,3 XR DiII LD Asp, Kenko UV 62mm
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/25 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): portfolio of a killer, Nature with Canon EOS400D [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-18 3:21
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Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was very thin and very long about 6 inches or more. If it is not a Bruner's Mantis then please correct me.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Dictyoptera
Suborder: Mantodea
Family: Mantidae
Subfamily: Photininae
Tribe: Coptopterygini
Genus: Brunneria
Species: borealis (Brunner's Mantis)

Size: Length 65-90 mm
Similar to Grass Mantid, but has distinctive fine serations along sides of thorax, is larger, and reproduces by parthanogenesis; males are unknown. Thick antennal base characterizes this species. Wings reduced--flightless.

Meadows with tall grass, especially Little Bluestem, Schizachyrium scoparium.

Predatory, likely preys largely on orthoptera.
Life Cycle
Only females known--reproduces by parthenogeneis. Juveniles all escape through the elongated point of the egg case.

Source: Bugguide.net

ramthakur, bahadir, eqshannon, siggi, Argus, red45, jaycee, xTauruSx, Necipp, marhowie, Dis. Ac., Jamesp, boreocypriensis, cicindela, horia, oscarromulus has marked this note useful
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Perfect camouflage as a green stick, HP.
However the posture you have caught it in reminds me of a Western Classical dancer on stage, lit by a single spotlight.
The visual impact is electric.
Well done, young man!
TFS and regards.

Hi Haraprasan!

You have not only created a very beautiful but also a very spectacular and stunning one. The contrasts are superb, and the skeletal body of this Mantis is amazing. Moreover, with the dark background you have created a very effective artistic aspect, too.

Congratulations for that magnificent picture!

Kind regards


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-07-18 3:39]

Hi Haraprasan,
wow what an image...excellent dark background that really serves to make this almost alien looking form stand out even more..superb lighting too, amd also composition...this is one for my faves, thanks and have a great weekend.

Hello HARAPRASAN wonderful shot of this interesting mantid. TFS.

beautiful capture.Distinct and good focus.It reminds me of the Khurda stick dancers those who fit wooden legs and rise above our head.U might have come across these dancers.

Thanks for sharing

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-07-18 4:30]

Hi Hara,this is wonderfull,it's a very great camouflage!The choice of black background make a difference,incredible sharpenss and details,very perfect work,my best compliments,Luciano

Hola Haraprasan, excelente fotografia de este insecto palo.
Una composición acertada y atractiva, buena exposición y color. Un saludo

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-18 7:03]

A very good capture,the insects 'pose' is just great.
Nice composition and good contrast of colours,excellent black background.
Very good framing and presentation and a good note too.
Very well done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-18 8:25]

Hello Hara,
Whatever the species, this is an amazing Mantis that must be shaped to be adapted to living in a grassy environment, wher eht ecamouflage must be excellent. This is sharp and is well seen against the dark BG.
Thanks for sharing this beauty as well as the fine note,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-07-18 9:22]

Wow, Haraprasan, this is beautifull! So strange and hard to photograph insect, perfectly captured by you! Very, very arty photo, I love it!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-07-18 9:24]

Hi Haraprasan,

Amazing - this looks like a piece of modern art. The Mantis looks like a performing green stick and you captured it perfectly. Wonderful details - wonderful colors - and a very dramatic picture.


Hello Haraprasan, splendid close-up of this interesting mantid. TFS.
Regards, Deniz

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-07-18 12:36]

hi Haraprasan
bravo pour cette macro rare, ces insects sont difficiles à approcher. Bonne mise en scène, excellente netteté.


Excellent shot fine sharpness and great DOF control. The contrast with the dark background is excellent rgds Necip

Hi Haraprasan, amazing capture of walking mantis with splendid sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

HI Haraprasan.
How you catch this...Amazing...I agree with friend Ram, looks like classical dancer...
Excellent artistic photo...Well done...
Best wishes,

Hello HP,
A difficult macro subject, looks very good with the black BG.
Another example of nature's wonder :)
Well done & have a nice weekend,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-18 19:16]

Hello Haraprasan

Wow talk about a stick insect.
The details are sharp and well focused.
The contrast and lighting is excellent.
Well done.


hello haraprasan,
i could have ignored this for some grass or part of small plant but its an insect and that to my favourite one The Mantis, the darb looks nice, excellent composition,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Haraprasan,

what a nice insect!
Very good shot and dof with exellent sharpness.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-07-18 23:07]

Hi Haraprasan

Great shot of this weird looking mantis. The lighting is great and creates an excellent atmosphere.


Hi Haraprasan, superb macro capture in all around. This mantid species is new for me. It is very tiny and I am sure that it is hard to take its pic. TFS.
Have a nice weekend my friend!


Hello HP Uncle, Superb just superb. Looks like a grass. You have a great nature eye and spotted this brilliantly. Excellent sharpness. Vignesh

Hello Haraprasan!
Wow! This picture really surprised me! At first view I believed that this is some species of Phasmida, not Mantodea. Very unusual creature presented this time by you. Totaly and absolutely new for me :) Many thanks for that!
And moreover, it is presented in very good way - contrast, details and DOF are very good, what was not easy in case of so tiny species!
Bravo and TFS!

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-07-21 5:11]

Hi Haraprasan,
Awesome capture,looks like an alien to me.You've used the light very well to bring out the macro details of this majestic looking mantis with black BG. POV,DOF and composition are very good.
Thanks for sharing

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-07-25 2:10]

Hi Haraprasan

I've been meaning to congratulate you on such a capture for quite some time now but only found some spare minutes today :)

This is simply mind-blowing!!! FANTASTIC!
I know mantids have very strange shapes and colors, but i've never seen one quite like this.
Your shot here demonstrates exactly how elaborate and evolved the animal world really is.
The details and contrast of your photo are very nice considering the size and shape of this creature. The dark BG is very useful here, allowing us a superb look at all its body.
The note here is equally important; i think in such rare cases is great ot have a proper ID and to read something about the subject.
Wonderful work is all aspects!


Great work, as usual.
Am sooooooooo glad you are "posting" once more.
Friendly greetings,

Hello Haraprasan,

Excellent capture of this beautiful slender mantis. Excellent POV and composition. The background is perfect.

Nice shot! The black bg makes this one stand out, and the thin pattern of the limbs of the mantis look great! Thanks for sharing.

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