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Religious Mantis

Religious Mantis
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Copyright: Ninfa Urania (Ninfa) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 3 N: 204] (747)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-P32
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Mantodea: Mantis, The pictures more views, Club: on the hands: the nature in our hands, portfolio of a killer [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-07-30 14:07
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* Religious Mantis *

Order: Mantodea. Species: Mantis
Characteristic: Insects predators, with big eyes and paws front asidoras (to grab, to catch); they are mainly in the tropics.
Incomplete metamorphosis.

I took this picture of the mantis on my hand, in the morning, me not to know why to call you to this, exactly: "religious mantis then investigated in google: "religious mantis and I found that:

The religious mantis is an animal of the group of the insects, it is called this way, for the position that adopts while this wait to its prey (as the humans when they are praying).
(oh, oh, I thought that this was begging me: ' Ninfa please, not more fotos')

The insects predators have sharp and pointed jaws to cross, to retain and to crumble their combative preys. Those that chew plants have blunt jaws to crush or to mill their food. The jaws of the mantis can cut a fly, the thorny front paws use them to sustain their prey.

Something that to capture my attention the form in that her to jump quickly and sorpresivamente for me, I found information on the jumps of the mantis:

That small animal jumps of branch in branch, always wanting to arrive to the highest to be able to dominate the panorama and to find his dinner of the day. In each jump, the mantis should calculate the distance among the branches, for what is usual to see it balancing of a side to other, as if it was cooing something with the purpose of that the object on which wants to jump the it perceives with the two eyes; their brain will only this way be able to integrate the information and to generate a three-dimensional representation of its space...........


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-07-30 14:29]
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It looks very defiant in that pose! Great colour against the blues sky and the skin tone. Good detail, original idea.

well done

Very nice Ninfa pose is good one the sky very smooth the one small point that lets it down is the point of sharpest focus seems to be in the hind part, leaving the head a little soft (((. The notes are good too nice one.

Great capture af this Religious Mantis Ninfa and you had the nerve to let him sit on your hand - well done. Nice sharpness and pose and the clear blue sky really sets him off. Very nice job you did here.

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  • letr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 50 N: 47] (130)
  • [2004-07-30 16:59]

Very good compo Ninfa with excellent colors and details, like the origal framing you did here to !!Great job !

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-07-30 17:26]

A very good capture,the insects 'pose' is just great.
Nice composition and good contrast of colours,excellent blue sky background.
Very good framing and presentation and a good note too.
Very well done.

Very good detail and posture. Nice one. Thanx for sharing.

  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-07-31 15:10]

looks like he is on adune against the lovely blue background, then you open the thumbnail and see afinger. This is a very nice pose, Ninfa, annd oops, all the coins are spend!

Beautiful photo Ninfa, great colour and frame.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-07-31 16:37]
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Very nice capture of this little creature. Whe have lots of them aroud here and they are truly amazing creatures. But you have joggrd my memory with this and here is the joke I remembered

A hunter is tired and he decides to have a nap under a big tree. He hangs his rifle in the tree and lies down. After a short while he is awakened by something sniffing at his toes. As he opened his eyes he noticed an enormous lion sniffing at his feet (remember the rifle is hanging in the tree) He started to pray and uttered the following words - Dear lord, Please let this be a religious lion! and he heard the lion say Lord, we thank you for the meal laid before us!

Moral of the story - Be careful what you ask for!

Hola Ninfa,

Excelente acercamiento, parece que esta en pie de lucha, me gusta mucho el azul del fondo contrastando el verde de la mantis y el color de la piel. Tambien tu nota esta muy interesante.



Now, I am expecting Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith to come running over that sand dune any minute. This picture seems so surreal - I can't decide if the Mantis is seven feet tall and standing on a sand dune, or millimetre tall and standing on something smaller. For me, this duality of the photograph is what makes it so special.

el fotografía excelente molte bene (I think)

Another very fine shot from you Ninfa! Very nice

what a fine details,well done,I like it,very well managed the DOF & light controlling,very nicely done,and what a nice pose,it's amazing about his eyes,You did great,Ninfa
And again,thanks for note,great work

This is brilliant! Very sharp and good use of colours. It´s amazing, looks like a cartoon or the toys created by computer to movies like "Find it Nemo" or "Toy Story", very good indeed but of course the most surprising and fascinating is the pray position of his hands, fantastic!

Well done

Man! This photo is amazing! I love mantis! Here in Brazil they are called "Louva Deus".
In your photo I can see all the details of the Mantis and this is the first time a saw one in this size! All I have seen are about 10 cm heigth.
Great Work!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2004-12-08 14:39]

Ninfa, the insect lent you a... hand.

Belo momento capturado por você, que não deixou escapar o privilégio de receber a visita de nosso amigo acima.

Mais uma vez, grande ponto de vista (POV).


Superbe ... congratulation

Buenas noches Ninfa:

Que maravillosa foto que nos enseñas ... muy bien capturada, en una sublime composición.


Hola Ninfa, muchas gracias por tus comentarios, me diste unas buenas ideas sobre lo de poner la taxonomia de la especie fotografiada(Soy nuevo en TN.)
De hecho...me recordaste que soy Biologo.

Me encanta esta foto tuya.
Minimalista y bella...la mantis se muestra con majestuosidad y elegancia.
Los colores y contraste estan equilibrados.

Buen trabajo.

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