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A perfect camouflage

A perfect camouflage
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-09-12 14:51
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Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Class: Insecta

Order: Mantodea

Family: Mantidae

Genus: Mantis

Species: M. religiosa

Mantis religiosa, referred to as the European Mantis outside of Europe and known simply as the Praying Mantis in Europe and elsewhere, is one of the most well-known and widespread species of the order, Mantodea. Originating in southern Europe, the European Mantis was introduced to North America in 1899 on a shipment of nursery plants. Now they are found all over the north-eastern United States and Canada to the Pacific Northwest. The European Mantis is usually 5–7.5 cm (2–3 inches) in length, and has shades of bright green to tan. It can be distinguished easily by a black-ringed spot beneath the fore coxae. It is one of several different insects for which a name used within Europe to refer to only a single insect species (in this case, "praying mantis") has become adopted throughout the globe to refer to the larger group of insects to which that one species belongs (e.g., compare "hornet" to European hornet, or "wasp" to Common wasp).

La Mantide religiosa (Mantis religiosa Linnaeus, 1758), denominata anche mantide europea è una delle specie più comuni dell'ordine Mantodea.La femmina è lunga circa 7,5 cm, il maschio 6 cm. La sua colorazione varia dal verde brillante al marrone chiaro. Si distingue facilmente per la presenza di due chiazze nere, una per ogni zampa anteriore, simili ad un occhio quando mostrate a scopo difensivo.Le neanidi della mantide in natura nascono in maggio/giugno, per diventare adulte nel mese di agosto. Le uova vengono deposte in ooteche, prodotte dalla femmina, durante la stagione fredda. Ogni ooteca contiene in media 60-70 uova e può arrivare fino a 200.
L'accoppiamento delle mantidi è caratterizzato da cannibalismo post-nuziale: la femmina, dopo essersi accoppiata, o anche durante l'atto, divora il maschio partendo dalla testa mentre gli organi genitali proseguono nell'accoppiamento. Questo comportamento è dovuto al bisogno di proteine nella rapida produzione di uova; prova ne sia che la femmina d'allevamento, essendo ben nutrita, sovente "risparmia" il maschio.
Si nutrono di mosche e altri piccoli insetti.Sanno camuffarsi facilmente tra le foglie, dove aspettano immobili le loro prede. Per difendersi dagli attacchi di animaletti antagonisti la mantide apre di scatto le proprie ali per farsi sembrare più grande.Le mantidi sono originarie dell'Africa e si diffusero rapidamente nell'Europa meridionale e all'Asia minore. Si è diffusa anche in Nord America a partire dal 1899, sembra importata accidentalmente con un carico di piante da vivaio.
La loro diffusione dipende soprattutto dalla richiesta di alte temperature. La loro diffusione è infatti notevolmente inferiore nell'Europa centrale e quasi inesistente nell'Europa del Nord. In Germania infatti sono considerati animali protetti e la loro cattura è vietata.
In Italia è abbastanza comune in tutto il territorio, dalle zone prealpine sino alla fascia costiera, isole comprese.

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Ciao Luciano,
Et oui, c'est pas évident de les voir dans la végétation! En général, on les repère quand elles bougent ces étranges Mantes religieuses. Photo impeccable, avec des détails et des couleurs superbes. Quel redoutable prédateur! Bonne nuit!

Hi My friend Luciano, this is realy perfect example on camouflage! Nicely captured, the mantis is perfectly sharp, with good exposure so that the subtle details on its body are seen. The off-center positioning works well. The crop/framing is a bit tight, but it's not that bad.
TFS and have a nice night/week!


Ciao Luciano. Ieri ne ho beccata una che mia ha fatto sudare le classiche sette camicie perchè aveva deciso di giocare a nascondino. A breve la vedrai. Per quanto riguarda questo direi ottimo lavoro per l'eccezionale nitidezza l'ottima profondità di campo e l'ecellente dettaglio. Aggiungo: solito gran lavoro con la luce! e grazie:....per le note ih ih!


At first I thought you were doing a "Heaven" type of image...that is until the lines formed and then it became much clearer. A enigmatic insect in nature and image. While it isn't the first hider I have seen, it falls among the best.

salut Luciano

AOUTCH ! plus parfait que sa comme camouflage
je ne crois pas que l'on peut trouver, et la qualité
d'image de ta photo elle est superbe, superbe POV,
focus netteté et détails, belle lumière, TFS


Amazing insent and amazing shot! Super sharpness and colors.

Ciao Luciano, bell'esempio di mimetismo, in effetti è una monocolore tutta verde, complimenti per averla vista e complimenti per averla messa a fuoco così bene in quell'intico di rami e rametti, bravo, ciao Silvio

Hi Luciano,
A lovely capture of this perfectly camouflaged mantis. Good sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

With the current aperture settings the insect just disappearing in the vegetation. Lovely bright colors and briliant clarity, friend Luciano! Very pleasant composition too.
George Veltchev

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-09-13 5:37]

Ciao Luciano
On the small tab I taught that you were presenting a plant image and I did open the image I was surprised to see that mantis what a great camouflage and perfect title.Excelelnt pov and sharp image with great natural colors.
TFS Michel

Hello Luciano,

indeed it's a perfect camouflage, taken well in there natural enviroiment.
Fine natural colours.
Good pov.
I must looking twice.


My friend wonderful macro photo of this camouflaged mantis.
Details, lighting and composition are great.
Best regards

A pesar de que el fondo distrae algo, conseguiste diferenciar
bien a esta simpática Mantis religiosa. El ambiente complicado
por las diferentes luces de ese momento. Bonito trabajo.
Un saludo Luciano: Josep Ignasi.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-09-13 11:01]

Hello Luciano,
Nice photo of this mantis in beautiful natural camouflaged colours and very good sharpness. Good DOF and composition.

Ciao Luciano,
le mantidi, ma anche altri insetti, hanno una capacità di mimetismo impressionante, però l'occhio selettivo della tua fotocamera ce la restituisce in una splendida posa, ottimi i dettagli e splendidi colori naturali.
Grazie e complimenti
Ciao Maurizio

hello Luciano
super good pose to see the camouflage
great details and good sharpness
greeting lou

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-09-13 16:20]

Hi Luciano,

This Mantis is so well camouflaged that I'm surprise you spotted it. I haven't seen even one here this summer so this is a treat for me. Although he blends in so well with his surroundings we see him perfectly because of the good sharp details. The assorted greens are beautiful and make a very artistic picture.


bonjour Luciano
cette mante religieuse est vraiment bien camouflée, mais tu as su la capturer avec beaucoup de talent, j'adore la pose et la netteté des details
très beau décor naturel
Passe une bonne nuit

Hola Luciano

Hay que tener buena vista para ver a esta Mantis preciosa, una imagen muy buena, contrastes con el fondo perfectos y buena nitidez. Yo no consigo ver a estos animalitos, no tengo suerte.

Un saludo de Antonio

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-09-13 20:54]

Hi Luciano,
Very nice, sharp photo of this Mantis, TFS!

Hello Luciano,
Very well shot photograph of mantis. I like the way you have composed it & framed with a green borderline along with. TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-09-14 6:01]

Hello Luciano,
Now I know why I've never managed to find a Mantis!! Excellent illustration of its ability to hide in the greenery! It's very nicely in focus though with clear details and fine colours. Well composed too!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Ciao Luciano,

A perfect image of camouflage - showing all the details of the animals great behaviour. You must have been very patient to achieve this perfection! Congratulations!!
I am fascinated by these animals - not least about the terrible behaviour of the females to bite the male's head off while mating!!

Many scientist write this off as óld women's stories'... However, we had in our yard several mantids on a particular windowsill - and every morning - there was underneath on the ground a little pile of heads!

Camouflage is something wonderful and unfortunately - due to the difficulties of focus and exposure - not often shown on this site.

GRazie tante, Luciano

Bonne soiree

As you noted it is really a green on green "situation", Luciano.
Fabulous camouflage by the criket, and well taken by photographer.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-09-14 17:57]

Hello Luciano,
Your right about the title, this mantis truly is perfectly camouflaged. Nicely shown in it's natural environment with wonderful detail and color. Excellent DOF and just the right exposure. Very informative notes!!

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  • Aleks Silver Star Critiquer [C: 31 W: 0 N: 14] (14)
  • [2010-09-15 2:21]

Hi Luciano,

Great shot. When I see photos like these I always think of the evolution. Had this insect not elovled to look like its environment we would have not insect at all. And that goes for all of us living things!!



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