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Copyright: Pearl Rynjah (Pearl) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D Digital, Canon 18-55 Kit Lens
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-15 10:28
Viewed: 3147
Points: 16
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Hello friends,

This is a shot of a mantis enjoying it's meal. I like shooting moments where the subject is active, one can learn about their behaviour through such experiences.

Description: Praying Mantises are exclusively predatory and their diet usually consists of living insects; larger species have been known to prey on small lizards, frogs, birds, snakes, and even rodents. Most species are known to engage in cannibalism. The majority of mantises are ambush predators, waiting for prey to stray too near. The mantis then lashes out at remarkable speed. Some ground and bark species, however, pursue their prey rather quickly. Prey items are caught and held securely with grasping, spiked forelegs ("raptorial legs"); the first thoracic segment, the prothorax, is commonly elongated and flexibly articulated, allowing for greater range of movement of the front limbs while the remainder of the body remains more or less immobile. The articulation of the head is also remarkably flexible, permitting nearly 300 degrees of movement in some species, allowing for a great range of vision (their compound eyes have a large binocular field of vision) without having to move the remainder of the body. As their hunting relies heavily on vision, they are primarily diurnal, but many species will fly at night.

Scientific classification:

Domain: Eukarya
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Infraclass: Neoptera
Superorder: Dictyoptera
Order: Mantodea



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Ciao Pearl, splendid light on lovely mantis in great action, good details and excellent sharpness, wonderful colorful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-06-15 11:49]

Hello Pearl,
Nice peep through the yellow flowers to show us this little Praying mantis having a meal.
Good sharpness with nice natural framing by the flowers.
Thanks and best wishes,

Excellent capture, very sharp details, nice colors, light and beautifull BG,

Sounds like teh pit bull of the insect world! Seriously well painted creature. ours iss not quite a beautiful...more of a single colour. A unique image....very much different!

Hello Pearl,
a splendid picture, i like the vivid colours and the furtive capture, very good sharpness and lighting, very good visual impression.
Best regards

Hello Pearl,

Extra points for the Great eye! ... excellent capture of a rare insect, great colors. Excellent!



Hello Pearl
This mantis have nice colors and you have taken it with fine details
wonderful composition, the bright yellow flowers are a great highlight in this image
Have a good night

Hello Pearl !
I have seen Praying Mantis only very rarely, but I am always impressed by these insects. And this one is even more beautiful, with these colors. You have captured her very nicely, with good details, natural colors, in a great composition, I like to see all these yellow flowers around her. Very well done !

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