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Iris oratoria female

Iris oratoria female
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Copyright: Nikos Roditakis (NikosR) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-08-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D5200, 90mm Tamron AF SP f/2.8 VC USD
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2016-08-30 2:14
Viewed: 1189
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Iris oratoria (Linne, 1758)
Mantoidea: Tarachodidae
Common names: Mediterranean mantis

Iris oratoria is a widespread mantis in Crete. The species is distinctive in having two large startling violet-brown eyespots on its hind wings which are revealed when its wings are unfolded. Females have wings shorter than the abdomen, very similar to some Stagmomantis species, but easily distinguished if the hindwings are visible.

Two novel I. oratoria survival strategies may have contributed to the expansion of this species beyond its original range, and its success in areas formerly occupied by other mantids such as Stagmomantis carolina. Firstly, this species is capable of parthenogenic reproduction when males are scarce. Secondly, additional I. oratoria nymphs may emerge from their oothecae in the second season after the egg case is produced, i.e., when their siblings are already grown and are producing their own offspring.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-08-30 5:40]

Hi Nikos,beautiful capture of this brown manthis,it's a pity that it turn the head in the other side,the quality is still good and very sharp,well done! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Nikos,
Well captured this Mantis. Exposure and color look perfect. But composition could have been more appealing if you didn't give this blank space in the right side and captured it from more closer distance with more details.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-08-30 19:22]

Hello Nikos,
I have always had an interest in Mantis, this is a new species for me. Nicely focused while showing the mantis off in fine detail. Would have been great if it would have turned its head a little more towards you, but this you had no control of.

Hello Nikos,
It is the season for mantis....Nice capture with exceptional details and perfect focus.

hallo Nikos
nice to show us this mantis
good details and lovely colours
thanks gr lou

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2016-09-01 21:53]

Hi Nikos
This mantis is an interesting subject, well captured.


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