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Mantispa sp.

Mantispa sp.
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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: 2010-06-30
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-13 6:48
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Mantispa sp
Mantis Fly

Mantispa is a genus in the Mantispidae family in the order Neuroptera. It is a small insect (15-18 mm) resembling a mantis but it is more timid and the wings are flimsy. It is active during the day and at night in warm, dry places, especially light woodland with plenty of ground cover. It feeds mainly on small flies. Its larva enters egg cocoons of spiders and feeds on the eggs.

There is no mantispa species reported from Cyprus so far. Any suggestion on the identification of this species will be welcomed.

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Gorgeous image with superb clean lines and detail Christodoulos! The simplicity here is phenomenal ...we have another masterpiece today! Wow!
George Veltchev

Hello Christodoulos

WOW ! what a great macro shot of this insect,
superb focus sharpness and details,
beautiful background bokeh, TFS


Hello Christodoulos,
What a good looking Mantis! impressive details and sharpness, highly technical photography skills shown here, perfect of all aspect!
Thanks for sharing and have a great week,
Best Regards,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-06-13 7:17]

wow! what an interesting mantis, is the first time when I see this specie.
Excellent work!
Thanks for sharing

Hi Chris,

Well first off, i would like to congratulate you on your professional and technical work of this rare species of Mantis Fly, superb sharpness with terrific depth of field, good exposure/white balance control, unbelievable eye colours,great work and well done,
Best Regards Chris and have a nice day,


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-13 7:34]

Hello Christodoulos,
Never seen before, very interesting.
And in a superb quality. Light, colours and sharpness are amazing. Fantastic!

Chris, this is a fantastic image verging on surrealistic. Even though it is not a Mantis, the insect bears a sharp resemblance. I find its colours and limbs really fascinating.
A super capture with a very high professional quality to it.
Thanks and regards.

Hi Christodoulos,
another interesting and incredible species. Excellent point of view. Nice natural colous. Very nice composition.
Have a nice week,

Hi Christodoulos

its very interesting mantis ...very nice sharpness and details ...regards ....


Ciao Christodoulos, superb macro of amazing Mantid on a beautiful blurry BG, fantastic details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Christodoulos,
Fantastic capture of a very interesting insect.
Excellent image and composition.
Razor sharp details and perfect focus. Another masterpiece from you.
Thanks for sharing!

Christodolous - great macro capture. the details are absolutely fantastic with some many things to watch for. TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-06-13 8:32]

Hello Christodoulos,
Absolutely gorgeous picture of this creature half Mantid, half Lacewing. I think it is a Mantisfly (Mantispidae). A very interesting creature and as usual a perfect shot. Love the earth-colors a lot.
Kind regards

nice shot, great focus colors and subjecy..scary looking critter


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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-06-13 10:02]

Hello Christodoulos!
Very impressive pic! great details and lovely POV.Your technique is amazing! Bravo! TFS
Regards from,

hello Christodoulos
very good picture with great details
i like this Mantis
great sharpness and good light with beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

χαίρεσαι ευκρίνεια, πολύ καλή στιγμή σκηνή!
καλό βράδυ, Νάσος

Hello Christodoulos, what a bug!...
Do not know if in your country are common but in my land do not have anything like it! ... In addition, you have photographed them so well that even looks pretty! Good work, thanks for showing this specimen!
Regards, TFS

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-06-13 12:36]

Hi Christodoulos,
Another great macro work.Gorgeous light and colours good composition and sharpness details.Fine pose and nice background.
Regards, Jiri.

and this... where do You come from? unknown planet.....
impressive detail and high definition

Lovely photo with exceptional detail Christodoulos! Good job!


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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2011-06-13 13:49]

Hello Christodoulos
a great picture and obviously something uncommon, no idea about the species but macro just great

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-13 16:03]

This is truley new for me and very very interesting,and your fantastic pic is the best way to discover this strange and magnificent specie,a great gift to all the TN friends!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • egres Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 144] (754)
  • [2011-06-13 20:20]

Hi Christodoulos
Another pro-quality photo. Sharpness, depth of field, point of view, background, everything is perfect.

An amazingly coloured insect superbly photographed. regards yiannis

Hi Christodoulos,
Impressive capture for this strange creature.
Sharpness and details are superb and the light management is impressive.
Very good BG and fantastic composition.
Thanks for sharing

great picture Chris, excellent subject, I never seen before, excellent details and very good light control,

all the best,

ciao, tino

Hello Christodoulos, which show the subject and photography, another production of exceptional quality worthy of your great skill and you can safely categorize among the best in your beautiful portfolio. Another picture that deserves a star. Best wishes, Paul

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  • sotos (313)
  • [2011-06-14 3:17]

Γεια σου Χριστοδουλε.
Eκπληκτικη φωτο με μεγαλη λεπτομερεια ομορφα χρωματα και εξαισιο φοντο.Καλη συνεχεια.

Ciao Christodoulos. Outstandig MF! Razor detaisl and excellent sharp with exciting metallic colours against the blurred BG.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-06-14 5:46]

Fantastic species of mantis, captured with fine details and colors, well made. tfs.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2011-06-14 8:18]

Hi Chris,

Very complicated mantis. Never seen before!The sharpness, colors as well as the background are impressing.


fantsstic capture of this small insect, greetings Ori

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-06-14 9:24]

Hello Christodoulos,
As this is not quite like M. syriaca, I can't give you the right ID! Pity, this deserves a name as the POV, sharpness, natural colours and BG are excellent.
Thanks and best regards,

No se si es la misma especie, pero tiene grandes parecidos con Leptomantispa pulchella; ya lo comprobarás.

Técnicamente realizada de manera excelente, con una profundidad sorprendente y una luz y colores estupendos.

saludos Christodoulos: Josep Ignasi.

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2011-06-14 19:52]

Bonsoir Christodoulos,

An amazing creature and a great picture of it. Despite a relatively small aperture, you got a beautifull "Bokeh". Excellent shrapness, perfect exposure and sufficient DOF for the insect itself. Beautifull work and TFS.


Hy Christodoulos
This time you are presenting something extraordinary, such perfect mimicry on this small insect. I think that this should stay proudly into the gallery of rare contributions to this site!!

All the best,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-06-18 0:20]

Hello Christodoulos,
wow.....this is a real masterpiece! not only its wonderful colours and details, the pose is so difficult to be seen elsewhere.
superb view and its exciting action oriented movement.
wonderful piece of work!


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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2011-06-20 1:45]

It is a joy to see this picture. It is very well done and also has a Mantis that I never see before. Thankyou very much for sharing these pictures it is a joy to walk through your gallery. Congratulation and un saludo.

Hallo Christodoulos,
simply fantastic ... incredible
Best regards

This is really beautiful!! Its like the star it seems to shape in the eye of the model!!! Best regards, erodotos

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