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Mantis religiosa

Mantis religiosa
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Copyright: Alina Vicu (mamabear) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 43] (199)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot A460
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-27 10:54
Viewed: 2559
Points: 8
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Praying mantis
Mantodea or mantises is an order of insects which contains approximately 2,200 species in 9 families worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats. A colloquial name for the order is "praying mantises", because of the typical "prayer-like" stance, although the term is often misspelled as "preying mantis" since mantises are notoriously predatory.

Praying Mantises are exclusively predatory.Most species are known to engage in cannibalism. The majority of mantises are ambush predators, waiting for prey to stray too near. 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.

Generally, mantises are protected simply by virtue of concealment. When directly threatened, many mantis species stand tall and spread their forelegs, with their wings fanning out wide. The fanning of the wings evidently makes the mantis seem larger and more threatening, with some species having bright colors and patterns on their hind wings and inner surfaces of their front legs for this purpose. If harassment persists, a mantis may then strike with its forelegs and attempt to pinch or bite. As part of the threat display, some species also may produce a hissing sound by expelling air from the abdominal spiracles. When flying at night, at least some mantises are able to detect the echolocation sounds produced by bats, and when the frequency begins to increase rapidly, indicating an approaching bat, they will stop flying horizontally and begin a descending spiral toward the safety of the ground, often preceded by an aerial loop or spin.
Mantises show rocking behaviour in which the insect makes rhythmic, repetitive side-to-side movements. Functions proposed for this behaviour include the enhancement of crypsis by means of the resemblance to vegetation moving in the wind. However, the repetitive swaying movements may be most important in allowing the insects to discriminate objects from the background by their relative movement, a visual mechanism typical of simpler animals. Rocking movements by these generally sedentary insects may replace flying or running as a source of relative motion of objects in the visual field.
Source: Wikipedia

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Good shot man..Perfect Light and POV

Hi Momabear,
Great capture...TFS

Splendida capture ta, insa, daca doresti sa fie mai interesant, incearca sa o iei pe calugarita(ea se agata de orice betisor ii dai) si sa o asezi undeva unde sa nu se confunde cu iarba verde.
In asa fel , vei avea un fundal placut si o captura care se individualizeaza fata de mediu, care daca este prea verde iti distrage atentia.
Oricum, sincere felicitari !

Hi Alina,

Very natural set, whith suitable ligth and a very particular semi square cut, but very well composed.



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