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Mantis religiosa

Mantis religiosa
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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Exposure: f/8, 1/10 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mantodea: Mantis, 40 points or more (Chapter 5)., portfolio of a killer [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-12-18 14:53
Viewed: 7867
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 46
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Mantis religiosa (Praying mantis)

Another one for the collection of at least 37 wonderful shots of this beautiful animal in TN, you can see them HERE.

Camouflage is very important for the praying mantis' survival. Because they have so many enemies such as birds, they must blend in with their habitat to avoid being eaten. They have a triangular-shaped head with a large compound eye on each side. Praying mantids are the only insect that turn from side to side in a full 180-degree angle.Their eyes are sensitive to the slightest movement up to 60 feet away. They have straight, leathery forewings and very powerful jaws used for devouring its prey. They have ultrasound ears on their Metathoraxes. The Metathorax is located on the thorax. Also, the males' genitalia are asymmetrical. They have a long prothorax and strong, spiny front legs held together in a praying manner. In the bodies of some species of mantis, there is a hollow chamber. Recently it has been discovered that these hollow chambers provide the mantis with a means of detecting bats, one of their most feared predators. Apparently, the mantis in flight will drastically change its flight pattern (often hurling to the ground in a spiral) when the mantis hears certain frequencies of sound.
Most often people think mantises are pests. That is only partly true. They can be beneficial, too. Praying mantises are terrific pest exterminators. They keep down the population of bugs that are a threat to farming. A master of disguise, the praying mantis can be an able assistant to farmer and gardener. Look carefully in your backyard. Perhaps that deceptive shape is a praying mantis poised for his next meal.

I took this info from THIS site.

F8 - 1/10 - Aperture priority - Handheld. I had luck, got 3 or 4 good pictures with this speed!

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This is a fantastic macro Felipe. The low perspective and sharp details makes this look like its climbing out the screen! Most excellent.

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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 0 N: 180] (853)
  • [2004-12-18 16:24]
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This is the best macro of mantis I ever seen.
The colors, sharpness, details,composition are excellent.Bravo Felipe

Excellent capture Felipe. What an ugly beast, I think Ellen Rpiley would say but also the ones she was fighting were much bigger. Ecellent dof showing almost every detail in its body together with very nice colours - that's the way to do it.

Felipe, Superb macro! I'm "green" with envy! ;-0 Gotta go..Happy Holidays my friend!!

Very detailed shot with many color shades showing the camouflage expertise of this strange insect. Very good exposure. Your extended DOF shows well the mantis anatomic complexity. A great macro, Felipe, and a special mention for all that at 1/10sec. Thank you for the site link.

superbe macro felipe !
les couleurs sont superbe et la nettete aussi, la pdc est vraiment bien .
le cadrage qui permet de voir l'animale entierement est tres aproprie.
beau travail !

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-12-18 23:51]
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¡ Hola Felipe!
Espero un día añadir mi propia foto a la colección que existe sobre TN. Esperando debo contentarme con criticar a las otras.
Se me da el gusto de criticar éste en particular ya que proviene de mi amigo español.
Pero esto no es fácil criticar una foto que en el primer momento aparece en mí como la que es perfeccionada. El defecto unicamente pequeño que veo es su pata antes de izquierda que probablemente se movió durante el 1 décimo del segundo utilizado para la captura de esta foto. Todo el resto es impecable.
La suerte sonríe a los audaces, Felipe. Gracias por su audacia: ¡ 1/10, cámara en la mano, y una foto perfectamente clara!
Una nota impecable, él también.

We have two mantis in New Zealand.A larger African mantis,and a slimmer NZ mantis.This one looks larger than both.An excellent macro,I must say.Well done Felipe.

Superb capture. great pose. Well done

Composition: *****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
DOF: ****
POV: ****
Note: ****

You took my breath away! A stunning shot.
Very well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-12-19 8:16]

Felipe, are you sure this isn't another weird fungus ;-) ? Great vivid green colour and good composed BG. Extremaly good level of details and sharpness.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2004-12-19 15:43]

Felipe, how to get this sharpness and focus using 1/10? Excellent shot with great colors. BG and POV are also in tune with the good job you did here.



These are amazing critters. We catch them here, and they sometimes "bite" us with their sharp, barbed arms. This photo has very lovely composition. It looks like you selected around it and blurred a little, which was a good choice. it added a bit of blur to places around the edges of its body, and I actually like the effect. if you did not want it, you can always but the creature on a new layer and then blur the other layer. Lookin' good!

Excellent macro, though I would have preferred a shot with the entire mantid in it.

That is an amazing shot. Not only technicaly perfect, but the subject is also very interesting. One of the best macro I've seen on TN so far. Position of the mantis is very original. Congratulations Felipe!

This is a super photo, so clear and sharp, better even than the eye, as I can't remember ever seeing such detail with my eye. The praying mantis we have here seem a much more muted green than this one. You've captured him beautifully. Well done.

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  • VeTTe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 162 W: 0 N: 0] (684)
  • [2005-02-11 8:17]

the most beautiful animal i have ever seen;

in real; i have never seen a mantis. i know them only owing to your photos;

good photo.. but you should f:4 or 5.6 ... because background is so sharp


VEry nice macro shot. Sharpness is perfect and framing too.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-04-21 11:47]

It's a great shot Felipe. Perfect sharpness with magnificent colors. I loved the harmony of the background with the insect.
very well done.
Thank you for sharing.

wauw felipe,
I ha miss this one, and saw your contribution on the forum and so I come here. Fantastic macro shot, very good in pov and indeeed a very good dof to, Very good job you did here,
gr. Jaap

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-05-24 19:25]

Hi Felipe, just found this super mantis of yours. AMAZING, FANTASTIC! Composition, sharpness, clarity, colours, pose, etc, etc, are all perfect. And NO tripod too. Thank you...

What a Macro and handheld also.. Just super, super, super. The coloring is out of this world.

Ciao Ros

Praying Mantis
From whence arrived the praying mantis?
From outer space, or lost Atlantis?
I glimpse the grim, green metal mug
That masks this pseudo-saintly bug,
Orthopterous, also carnivorous,
And faintly whisper, Lord deliver us.

—Ogden Nash, from Custard and Company

This shot illustrates the poem, or does the poem illustrate the shot? Hmmm, why not both! Tfs, Jay

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