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Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis
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Copyright: Bill Houghton (poppygan59) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 344] (2516)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/50 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-03 5:26
Viewed: 4105
Points: 18
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Praying Mantis -

Mantodea or mantises is an order of insects that contains approximately 2,200 species in 15 families[1] worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats. Most of the species are in the family Mantidae. Historically, the term mantid was used to refer to any member of the order because for most of the past century, only one family was recognized within the order; technically, however, the term only refers to this one family, meaning the species in the other 14 recently established families are not mantids, by definition (i.e., they are empusids, or hymenopodids, etc.), and the term "mantises" should be used when referring to the entire order.

A colloquial name for the order is "praying mantises", because of the typical "prayer-like" stance, although the term is often misspelled as "preying mantis" since mantises are predatory.[2] In Europe, the name "praying mantis" refers to Mantis religiosa. The closest relatives of mantises are the orders Isoptera (termites) and Blattodea (cockroaches), and these three groups together are sometimes ranked as an order rather than a superorder. They are sometimes confused with phasmids (stick/leaf insects) and other elongated insects such as grasshoppers and crickets.

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Hi Bill,
Excellent close up. Great POV and superp details. Great use of flash, the lighting is excellent. Very well done.

Hello Bill,
great capture of this Praying Mantis with fine sharpness with many details and a well chosen POV. Natural colours and a good contrast to the bright background. Thanks for sharing this beauty.
Best wishes,

Hi Bill,

Wonderful macro of this Praying Mantis my friend, splendid detailed sharpness, very nice POV and like the seamless background, superb play of lighting, fabulous picture Bill and well done.
Best regards,


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-08-03 8:11]

Hi Bill,
Superb work..
Good sharp details and a nice composition.
Best wishesi

Hi Bill,
incredible photo of this animal. It looks like an actor in "Star Wars". Excellent point of view. Great sharpness. Amazing colours.
Thanks for sharing,

Hallo Bill,
a very beautiful macro shot of this Mantis, very good sharpness and beautiful colours,
a very nice graphic composition with a pleasant play of shades and lights
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-03 12:03]

Hi Bill,fantastic way to capture a manthis usually camoufled in the trees.Magnificent sharpness and fantastic contrast whit this strange background,very well done,have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Bill,
This is really top class! What a fabulous high quality image. Well done.

Hello Bill
Beautiful photo with interesting composition and very good sharpness. Interesting species too.

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