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Indian Rose Mantis

Indian Rose Mantis
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Copyright: Satya Mishra (kunusatyabbsr) Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 2 N: 95] (434)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Cannon EOS Rebel XTi, 18-55 Canon kit
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): portfolio of a killer [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-20 23:24
Viewed: 7112
Points: 16
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Wandering Violin Mantis

This is a mantis though I dont know the exact sdpecies or the identification.

It has been taken during my last trip to the fruitbat tree near a village near Balugaon on the way to Bhetnoi.

I will appreaciate if any one helps me with the ID.
Photograph is not that good as You all know the strength and quality of the 18-55 kit lens on a macro mission.
This is perhaps the violin Mantis.

Gongylus gongylodes, also known as the wandering violin mantis or Indian rose mantis, is an insect of the order Mantodea. This is one of the more bizarre looking mantises. Characterized by extremely slender limbs with large appendages. It is not a particularly aggressive species and often kept as a pet by hobbyists. It feeds primarily on flying insects. Its native range is in southern India and Sri Lanka. It can reach sizes of up to 11 cm. The males of the species are capable of flight.

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This is actually a cone head mantis (Genus: Empusa)
and not a praying mantis. There are different species but I'm not familiar with those from Asia. Hope this helps anyway.
Perfect shot. Beautiful wings.

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-10-20 23:40]

what an interesting species. first time when i see it.
thanks for sharing

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-10-21 2:28]

hi satya,
good to see this species, this one looks like just finished its meal. tfs.

Hi Satya

What a bizarre looking matis, looks like it came from a science fiction movie. Well presented. TFS


hello satya,

the mantids always makes a interesting object to shoot for me and when ever i spot a mantis i love watching its movements for quite sometime. I have never seen this beautiful species.

I wonder if you just missed a great opportunity to shoot the predatory action of this mantis but still you were not too late to take this shot, it all depends upon sheer luck but i am glad to see this fine image.

well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-10-21 23:36]

Hi Satya,
Outstanding shot of this great looking Mantis but I feel saddened because it has just eaten a butterfly. Very impressive sharpness and details and you have handled the lighting very well here. Excellent DOF, POV and composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-22 1:25]

Woow Satya,fantastic moment to take the pic! And what a great details and sharpness! My best compliments for this wonderful work,thanks a lot for share,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-22 5:38]

Hello Satya, Superb shot and a great one. WoW what a moment u hv captured. Ganesh

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