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Killer tactics

Killer tactics
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Copyright: Antonio Membrive (elfriki) Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 19] (88)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, 100mm f2.8 Macro AF USM
Exposure: f/16, 1/40 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-11-11 11:12
Viewed: 3611
Points: 14
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The actual strike and capture behaviors have been well documented. Original experiments have shown that the mantis responds optimally to prey (or a lure, as used in the experiments) that is 3-35 mm long and about 10 mm thick that approaches the mantis frontally rather than at right angles to the mantis. These studies showed that the algorithms of prey recognition were similar to some other animals, like frogs, although their neural organization is dissimilar. The mantid uses two primary hunting methods. The most prevalent method, the "ambush" approach, is to wait motionless for unsuspecting prey to come within strike range. The mantis will often slowly undulate, which is thought to mimic wind-blown foliage. Another method of attack involves slowly stalking the prey until it gets within strike distance. When it does attack, it does so at speeds so fast humans can't perceive it. The strike takes a mere 30-50 one-thousandth of a second. The mantis impales its prey in the spines between the lower tibia and upper femur of its front raptorial limbs. This action is followed by immediately incapacitating the prey by chewing on its neck. They are capable of holding prey in one forelimb and striking out at another, and sequentially eating them both. If the mantis is well fed, it will selectively eat only the choice parts of an insect. If it happens to drop any part while eating, it will remain discarded.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-11-11 11:28]

Hola Antonio,
a very clear and sharp picture of the entire insect due to great depth of field (f/16).
Antennae, eyes, legs and the body are well presented.
Distinct colours of the insect and the background are highly appropriate to let the Mantis stand out clearly.
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Antonio,
perfectly stalked and captured mantis in an ideal position, with clear details and subtle natural colours. Interesting notes, too. Thank you!
With best regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-11-11 13:48]

it's simply fantastic for sharpness,colours and details...i hope to found a mantide me too one day !! have a nice week,Luciano


Very nice shot, great composition. I've posted a workshop version with some changes to contrast and colors, let me know what you think.

Best regards


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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-11 22:47]

Hello Antonio,
Great shot! Beautiful details and very nice background
Great DOF
Regards, Dejan

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-11-12 13:38]

Hola Antonio,
magnífico trabajo,
interesante macro y pose,
un bicho que no huye, es muy seguro de si mismo,
impresionan las patas armadas que tiene, buen pov,
saludos y éxitos en TN

Hi Antonio,
A beautiful capture of this preying mantis. Excellent details and a fine composition with very good POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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