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Copyright: Maxime Sacre (Max31) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 39] (201)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon 50mm macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-10 3:54
Viewed: 4155
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
For those which do not know this insect here is its description:

Close relationship of the religious mante, the empuse appreciates heat
and lives the south of Europe.
Not very known because very discrete, it is attractive in more than one way.
It is often called imp, because of his silhouette when it is young.
The empuse is distinguished with the first glance from the religious mante
by its head lengthened in form from acute and very pointed cone, but
also by a finer silhouette and more gracile.
But the fundamental difference is due to the character more than with morphology.
Indeed, if the empuse is insectivorous, prompt with capture a prey passing with
range of its crocheteuses legs, it does not have the goifrery of the mante!
In its youth, a fly is enough for him for 24 or 36 hours and, at the
adulthood, it one or two flies per day consumes.
Contrary to the religious mante the empuse leaves free the male.

O: Dictyoptères.
Fam.: Mantidés
Length: 40 to 80 mm
Diet: Insectivorous
Number of eggs: 20 to 24

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Hi Maxime
great picture with very interesting note. Imho I would have cropped a bit more as the sharpness is just perfect and the upper bg a bit disturbing

Hello Maxime!
Lovely capture of one of the most fascinating insect group. I like the composition and contrast between insect and BG. Note is also good for reading and includes a lot of biological and ecological details about hero of this photo.
Best withes from Poland,

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-10-11 3:52]

Great photo of a larva of the Empusa fasciata!
Love the composition!

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