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Blepharopsis mendica

Blepharopsis mendica
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-22
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-09 22:27
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 76
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Blepharopsis mendica (Fabricius 1775)
Devil's Flower Mantis, Egyptian Flower Mantis, Thistle Mantis, Arab Mantis

Blepharopsis mendica is a species of praying mantis of the family Empusidae (Order Dictyoptera, Suborder Mantodea )
It is found in the Middle East, north Africa, and the Canary Islands
In Cyprus Blepharopsis mendica is a rare species found only at the lowlands.
Regards, Christodoulos

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Christodoulos! Wow, truly shocking blast of breathtaking qualities in every respect my friend! Bravo! The chose f/13 is the golden spot here! What an incredible creature, which I never seen before! Gorgeous balanced colors, stunning point of view, artistic composition and everything indeed! Well done my friend, that's the winner of the month!
George Veltchev

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-01-09 22:41]

Perfect photo,interesting species TFS!

Hallo Christodoulos
Now this is a handsome mantis, beautiful indeed. The patterns on the wings are really special and remind me of lace. I also fancy the very slender built of its body, the big eyes and the feather-shaped antennas. Great photography all round! A pleasurable image to appreciate for this non-common species with its fine features. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-01-10 0:34]

Hello Christodoulos
Amazing macro with an interesting and beautiful insect
Thanks for sharing

Καλημέρα Χριστόδουλε,
εξαιρετική λήψη, δεν το έχω ξαναδεί, απο οξύτητα ξυράφι,
καλή συνέχεια,

Hello Christodoulos,

what an amazig shot by you.Exellent sharpness, details and dof.
Very good blurred bg.
Fine natural colors.
This specie never been seen been bfore.

Great job.


Extremely interesting praying mantis, has a very interesting building, nice composition, great natural colors.

Hallo Christodoulos,
a superb macro shot of this marvellous Devil's Flower Mantis taken from an excellent POV showing perfectly incredible markings, fantastic colours in a very pleasing composition
Best regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-01-10 1:39]

Hello Christodoulos,
What an amazing Mantis and so beautifully taken against this fine green background. Excellent the diagonal pose and a perfect sharpness which allows to see many details of it. A most beautiful and interesting picture.
What's the size of this creature?
Thanks and kind regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-10 2:45]

Hello Christodoulos,
such an excellent sharpness and clarity of the insect.
Very pleasant details and this creature is new to me.
Well seen and well composed presentation.


Hi Christodoulos
difficult to do anything better!

Ciao Christodoulos. Great POv and perfect DOF for this specie. Impresive details and sharp against the blurred BG.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-01-10 6:42]

Hello Christodoulos,
A brilliant capture of this fantastic insect that is new to me. The markings and colours are beautiful and those sharp thorns and feathered antennae amazing! How clever to find this and to get such a perfect record of it!
Many thanks and best regards, Ulla

hello Christo
this is a new specie ithink for TN
with great sharpness and beautiful colours
great details and lovely pose to see this specie very good
very good light to
thanks Christo to see this Mantis
There is TN for to see new things out of nature
greeting lou

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-01-10 7:10]

Beautiful and interesting species captured with fine viewpoint to get the details and patterns admirably. tfs.

Hello Christodoulos,
Stunning details and wonderful colors.
It is a first class macro showing a fantastic insect wich I've never seen before.
Splendid composition and clarity.
Wonderful contrast against the blurred background!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-10 8:58]

Hello Christodoulos,
Another amazing photo. Superb in all aspects. Very beautiful!

Hello Christodoulos,
A macro for 100 points! ... Overwhelming detail, the contrast is stunning, the cut is ideal.
And what creature more impressive to sight!
Regards, TFS

Perfect photo and amazing insect!
regards yiannis

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-01-10 9:41]

Hi Christodoulos.
What a wonderful insect and so amazing picture. Bravo. Ultimate details of the image, fantastic colour reproduction, blameless composition and the most impressive POV. My compliments and TFS.

Hi Christodoulos,incredible nice capture,congratulations.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-01-10 11:12]

Hello Christodoulos,
Great capture of a very interesting subject.The colours and details is perfect. The BG and composition too.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Christodoulos, great macro of wonderful mantis, splendid colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi chris,

Amazing beauty! As usual your this pic also a great tribute to photography. The design on the body of this matis, eyes & antenna are very clear. Very good sharpness. Great work. TFS.


Geia sou Christodoule,
This photo is really art-work. Perfection! Congratulations. Best wishes, Pambos

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2011-01-10 14:12]

Its the first time that i see a mantis from this POV. Unusual and very interesting. Precise focus and fine details.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-01-10 15:29]

Waaw...incredible manthis and incredible pic,what a fantastic work my friend,this pic do in my prefered,it's a great gift to all the TN members...GREAT!!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

exceptional portrait of this strange
Devil's Flower Mantis,Christodoulos
perfect focus and very sharp detailed

thanks ciao sERGIO

hello Christodoulos

great macro shot of this insect, with fine POV
and appropriate framing, superbly focused
with great sharpness and details, TFS


ένα μπράβο για τη διαχείρηση του φωτός, μοιάζει αψεγάδιαστη η φωτό, εξαιρετική μάκρο στιγμή Χριστόδουλε!

The name says it all and your POV is amazing ! Lovely picture and the colors , good sharpness

What an amazing creature!

Γεια σου Χριστόδουλε,
Great details!

Hello Christodoule
what a fantastic photo! And what a beautiful species really.I never seen this species before, it's quite impressive. Bravo!
Best regards,

Hi Christodoulos, excellent capture of this beautiful insect!! Very sharp details, nice natural colors and perfect BG!!!

great and sharp mantice capture, TFS Ori

fantastic subject, excellent definition and very good control of the light,
congratulations !

have a good day, tino

Excellent close-up photo with beautiful colours !

What a strange looking insect, nature and evolution is great and amazing. tfs,

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