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Praying mantis

Praying mantis
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Copyright: Robi rdfoto (rdfoto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon, MP-E 65, SanDisk CFExtreme4gb
Exposure: f/16, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): portfolio of a killer [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-30 9:10
Viewed: 6685
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Like all insects, a praying mantis has a head atop the body, an abdomen housing vital organs at the other end and, in between, the thorax.
The head of the praying mantis is triangularly shaped. The eyes of the mantis bulge large and round from the sides of the head. The large eyes of the praying mantis are made even more effective by the mantis’s ability to rotate the head 360 degrees.
The mouth of the praying mantis is made for chewing and biting. There is an upper and lower jaw as well as palps along the sides.
Sitting atop the head of the praying mantis are its two long antennae that are used for navigation.
The praying mantis is deaf to most sounds (those not ultrasonic) and there are no ears on the head (Yager and May).
The torso of the praying mantis, consisting of the thorax and abdomen, is much elongated in size. The thorax is very long and thin. The legs and wings connect to it.
According to Yager and May, the praying mantis has one single ear in the middle of the thorax on the underside. This single ear, which is a deep slit inside the thorax allows it to hear ultrasonic sounds.
The rear of the torso is covered by two sets of wings for flying. These wings lie one on top of the other and fan outwards during flight.
The praying mantis, like most insects, has six jointed legs. The rear four legs are the main walking legs of the praying mantis. These legs are longer than the front two. The front two legs are shorter and set in a “praying position.” These legs are lined with spines and end with sharp hooks for capturing and killing prey.
Praying mantises have the ability to adapt their color to their surroundings. This camouflage of earth tones, ranging from a dark brown to a bright green, allows the praying mantis to blend in and wait for its prey.
Praying mantises, with their huge compound eyes, can see extremely well. Sight is the only sense they use in hunting prey and for navigation.
Praying mantises are not born with the ability to fly. As nymphs, they do not have wings. However, after several molting periods, once they mature they are able to fly. Gravid females cannot fly because of the added weight of developing eggs.
Praying mantises can be found in all parts of the world that are not snow covered for a majority of the year. Praying mantises enjoy living in areas filled with plant life because their camouflage is most effective here and other insects (prey) dwell in these surroundings as well. Praying mantises will spend most of their time in a garden, in the forest, or in another vegetated area.
Being a carnivorous insect, the praying mantis feeds primarily on other insects such as flies, butterflies, crickets, moths and spiders. However, it is not uncommon for larger mantises to consume small reptiles and even small mammals or birds

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-30 9:19]

Hi Robi. Firstly very inetersting notes you have writen on the Mantis.
You have taken a good face on close up of this mantis. with good detail and natural colour. well done TFs.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-08-30 10:08]

hi robi
beautiful picture of this PM.very nicely composed and a good POV

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-30 23:14]

Hello Robi,
A fine frontal POV capture of a European Praying Mantis with excellent sharpness on the head and antennae. Very good contrast with the OOF flowery BG and pleasing vertical framing and composition.
TFS this beauty,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-08-31 2:33]

Salut Robert,le point de vue as fait la difference!! Mes plus gros compliments,c'est une photo excellente pour qualite' et details,la couleur rose derriere est tres agreable en contrast avec le vert de la Manthys! Mes plus gros compliments,bonne Dimanche,Luciano

Hola Robi´
Excelente macro de bonita composición, con gran nitidez y detalles de esta simpática mantis. Buena luz y fondo con bonitos colores, saludos
José Ramón

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-09-24 12:33]

Hi Robi

Great POV. I almost feel like prey in this picture. I love the face. Good sharpness and DOF. Great work



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