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Any kind of mantis

Any kind of mantis
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Copyright: Gert Ellstrom (ellis49) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-10-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D7100, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS, Digital ISO 200
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-12-14 0:33
Viewed: 3238
Points: 20
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Hello TN friends, this mantis is tagen in my garden, I do not know what kind of mantisbt is. it was quite large, larger than others we have here.
For a better look and larger picture, Click Here.
I wish TN let us upload lager size of picture lke 1000-1200 px, a big differnt from 800px
I hope someone will me help with the ID.

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To Stavrogonno: Correct IDellis49 1 12-23 05:03
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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-12-14 3:48]

Hi Gert,i don't know the name of this manthis,very strange and that i never seen before,the pic is absolutely beautiful,great sharpness and bright colors,very well done! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Gert, great macro of very strange mantis, I never see before, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend ciao Silvio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-12-15 15:17]
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Hello Gert,
What a wonderful image of this nice looking praying mantis. The larger version really show the fine detail that you managed to capture. A beautiful specimen in a typical mantis pose.
I searched online and found a mantis that I believe looks alot like this particular one, it is called an African Mantis. I'm not sure if you have them in your area, but check out this link and see what you think. They are supposed to grow quite large.


So good to see some exciting and inspiring photography on the pages of Treknature ... especially from an old and trustworthy fellow such as you friend Gert .... Have a wonderful holiday season buddy !
George Veltchev

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-12-16 5:49]

Hello Gert,
Very strange creatures in your Cyprus garden..love the pose you caught and the composition of the shot. Great shot, indeed.
Kind regards

Nice sharp macro and excellent composition. I particularly like the back lighting.
Maybe just adding a few more millimetres at the bottom wold help so the lower foot would not be so close to the frame.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-12-19 1:40]

Hej Gert,
Such a lively capture of this mantis ..
Very well captured in good lighting. Superb details and lively colors.
Best wishes,

Hello Gert

Good capture ... I think it's a "Sphodromantis viridis" nymphe ...

Best Regards

Hi Gert,

an eye-catching painting of light, your picture catches the attention, and stays in mind.
Perfect sharpness on the strange insect's whole body, a well taken point of view to show its peculiar shape at best from the side, plus an inviting eye-to-eye contact that draws right into the scene.
The species seems to be:

Ameles cyprica (Uvarov, 1936)

Good to see your posting. Agreeing with you about the usefulness to increase image size to at least 1200 pixels width here in our days with high resolution or even retina displays being standard.
With thanks, and best wishes to you,


Hello Gert

Great macro of this mantis, fine POV, appropriate vertical framing,
excellent DOF, very beautiful light, great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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