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Who's watching you..


Who's watching you..
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Copyright: Kris Kearns (kkearns) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 60] (244)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Cannon EOS Rebel XTi
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-13 13:39
Viewed: 3105
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mantises are exclusively predatory and their diet usually consists of living insects; larger species have been known to prey on small lizards, frogs, birds, snakes, and even rodents. Most mantises are ambush predators, waiting for prey to stray too near. The mantis then lashes out at remarkable speed. Some ground and bark species, however, pursue their prey rather quickly. Prey are caught and held securely with grasping, spiked forelegs ("raptorial legs"); the first thoracic segment, the prothorax, is commonly elongated and flexibly articulated, allowing for greater range of movement of the front limbs while the remainder of the body remains more or less immobile. 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, and can be commonly encountered at night.

Picture taken in Medina

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-10-14 16:52]

Very nice macro Kris,
I love how their eyes seem to follow you where ever you go. I found my first one of the year just the other day and it was the same color as yours. I've seen some that were all green before' but the brown ones seem to be more prevalent in our area. TFS
Ron

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