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The Praying Mantids whole body

The Praying Mantids whole body
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Copyright: ana ribeiro (ana974) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-02-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: FinePixHS10
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/220 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-02 7:17
Viewed: 3033
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 38
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Hello dear friends and visitors!
My previous picture shows this beautiful insect with legs amputated...Pity...
Now I present to you this nice guy with all its legs.
Well, talking about legs..
"The two front legs of the mantids are highly specialized. When hunting mantids assume a "praying" position, folding the legs under their head. They use the front legs to strike out and capture their prey. Long sharp spines on the upper insides of these legs allow them to hold to on their prey. The impaled prey is held firmly in place while being eaten. The spines fit into a groove on the lower parts of the leg when not in use."

Although many refer to a member of this group as a ‘praying mantis,' mantis refers to the genus Mantis. Only some praying mantids belong to the genus Mantis. Mantid refers to the entire group.

Mantids are very efficient and deadly predators that capture and eat a wide variety of insects and other small prey. They have a "neck" that allows the head to rotate 180 degrees while waiting for a meal to wander by. Camouflage coloration allows mantids to blend in with the background as they sit on twigs and stems waiting to ambush prey.

There are three species of mantids in Kentucky, the European mantid (Mantis religiosa), Carolina mantid (Stagmomantis carolina), and Chinese Mantid (Tenodera aridifolia sinensis). The smaller, dusty brown Carolina mantid is only about 2 inches long when full grown, that is, when it has wings."
By Gary Watkins and Ric Bessin, University of Kentucky Entomology
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-02-02 7:22]

Hello Ana,
Now I see you are my neighbour with the same Mantis in a better composition. It even looks better than the last one.

Here is the full view of your Mantis, Ana, and I like it very much. This one is even better than your earlier portrait of it.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-02-02 7:37]

Brava Ana! Very good macro.
The mantis was posing for you :)
Excellent POV and DOF.Very good shapness and fine details.
There is some little OE, but the image is composed well. It is very pleasant: I think George will be glad:))
Ciao e um abraço! Vanda
I saw the new photo in your intro: nice!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-02-02 7:46]

Hello Ana,
A superb POV, nice pose taken with excellent sharpness, DOF and natural colours against a contrasting clean BG contribute to an excellent capture of this Praying Mantis.
Well done and thanks for sharing,
Best regards,

Olá aNa!
Fantástica macro. Excelente composição e apresentação. As cores estão fabulosas bem como a nitidez. Parabéns!

Hi aNa
much better!
imho the bg a bit too present, otherwise perfect, even the wb ;-)

Hello Ana,
Excellent image with perfect clarity and focus.
Lovely composition, sharpness and fantastic details.
The contrast against the background is superb.
As I see the light is comming from the right, you can also try to take such image with the sun behind you. I think that you can shoot the insect from sidewise to see the bodylength. But in that case I think that the shape of the long legs has to sufer.
This is one of the best images I have ever seen with this species.

hallo Anna
i like this picture more than the first one
more details and good composition
thanks greeting lou

Oh aNa..LOVE THIS ONE! this is splendid, perfect "crouching" and delicate one stance balance. LOVE IT, so glad he came back to visit you! LOL

Good focus and nice compostion with this Alien Life Form


Ahhha ...I was wondering what can be this strange pedestal on the first image, then the new photo shows clearly the use of your rolling pin for home made pies ...how cool! Good day ...my and only aNa Ribeiro ...can I see..the anger is gone and some gentle smile rises on your face just like a sunshine after a storm ...;))) The Green Mantis is here...this time standing proudly like Don Quixote on his horse! Beautiful pose, beautiful depth and all in all a better attempt!!!! Seja feliz aNa Ribeiro!
George Veltchev

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-02-02 11:22]

Hi Ana,this is fantastic.What a point of view and what a absolute perfection of details and colors,great and professional work,one of your best.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hallo Ana,
a very beautiful image technically perfect, but IMHO the imperfect previous image has a greater emotional impact, very well done
Best regards

Hi Ana
Now this is MUCH better! Really good closeup, well done!

Bonjour aNa

Superbe cette photo en macro, avec un excellent
POV frontal, belle lumère, superbe focus netteté détails,



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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-02-03 3:47]

Looks big than it actually is, good closeup of this fierce predator with striking pose. tfs.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-02-03 5:05]

Bonjour Ana,
Tu as été très active ces derniers temps!! Je découvre avec plaisir tes paysages et surtout cette splendide image de mantide que tu as prise d'un angle de vue bas très intéressant. Bonne netteté aussi. Contente de retrouver TN et ses membres aussi.
Un grand signe par delà l'océan:-)et un grand merci pour ton courriel aussi!

Bom conhecer seu portifolio, já recheado de coisas bonitas como esse Louva-Deus, muito bem capturado e otimamente apresentado.

Hi Ana,
I don't know how and why I missed this superb shot of you - a fantastic close-up with excellent sharpness, composition and so. No need more words: this is a masterpiece. And the reason why George didn't mention the white balance is it's perfectly set here. Delightful job, Madame. Bravo.
Best regards, László

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