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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-09-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-09-26 2:50
Viewed: 2211
Points: 42
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A delightful surprise when I woke up on the beach towel lying on the balcony to dry .....

Class: Insecta
Order: Mantodea
Family: Mantidae
Tribe: Mantini
Genus: Mantis
Species:M. religiosa

Mantis religiosa, referred to as the European mantis outside of Europe and known simply as the praying mantis in Europe and elsewhere, is one of the most well-known and widespread species of the order Mantodea.
Originating in southern Europe, the European mantis was introduced to North America in 1899 on a shipment of nursery plants. Now they are found all over the north-eastern United States and Canada to the Pacific Northwest. The European mantis is usually 5–7.5 cm (2–3 inches) in length, and has shades of bright green to tan. It can be distinguished easily by a black-ringed spot beneath the fore coxae. It is one of several different insects for which a name used within Europe to refer to only a single insect species (in this case, "praying mantis") has become adopted throughout the globe to refer to the larger group of insects to which that one species belongs (e.g., compare "hornet" to European hornet, or "wasp" to common wasp).
Found in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America (introduced).


Una gradita sorpresa trovata al mio risveglio sul telo mare steso sul balcone ad asciugare....una bella Mantide religiosa,di cui caratteristica è la sua posa, quando le zampe anteriori sono in posizione di "preghiera ", i femori vengono accostati alle lunghe coxe, che pendono liberamente, e le tibie sono ripiegate sui femori: i segmenti stretti gli uni agli altri, sono tenuti leggermente sollevati davanti al protorace.
Femori e tibie sono muniti di spine disposte su due serie, e quando le tibie vengono ripiegate finiscono per venire a contatto tra di loro; inoltre terminano con un lungo uncino arcuato e molto appuntito.
Quando ha adocchiato la preda la mantide lancia fulmineamente in avanti le coxe, allungando i femori e le tibie e dopo aver afferrato la vittima li ripiega come una tenaglia attorno al corpo di questa mentre le spine le impediscono di fuggire, il tutto avviene in circa un ventesimo di secondo.
Quando le zampe hanno ripreso la posizione iniziale di preghiera la preda viene a trovarsi proprio d'avanti alla bocca che la divora tranquillamente.

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Ciao Luciano

Stunning macro of Mantis, excellent clarity, excellent sharpness, fine details, very beautiful natural colors, very nice composition, nice BG color in contrast to the subject. Thanks for sharing.



What a beauty.
This presentation is superb.
Mario with kind regards from Canada.

Hello Luciano- Well captured this Mantis when visited you to say "Hello". Natural colour and sharpness. Well managed BG too. Thanks for sharing. Regards- Srikumar

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-09-26 6:43]

Hello Luciano,
Nice surprise. Excellent macro taken from a perfect frontal POV in fantastic sharpness and details. Beautiful colours with a fine blurred background.
Enjoy the weekend,

Hello Luciano,
Amazing catch of Mantis. I saw many of this interesting insects near the filds of my hometown.....It is a interesting image with excellent clarity and sharp details. Lovely composition.
Thanks for sharing!

hallo Luciano
very nice picture to show
i like this pose of the mantis
the colours and light are super good
thanks gr lou

Ciao Luciano e ciao Mantide, bel faccia a faccia, ma queste femmine è meglio evitarle, ottima macro, splendida nitidezza e magnifici dettagli, bravo, buon week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Luciano

This is classic. The face of the mantis is very sharp and what an action?. Congrats.

With warm regards

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2014-09-26 10:54]

Salut Luciano,

Superbe vue de cette mante religieuse, magnifique détails et couleur.
Cadrage parfait pour cette merveilleuse composition, awesome shot en tout cas.
Merci pour le partage.
Un excellent week end.
ps , en effet ici plus de papillons.
John vantighem

Ciao Luciano,

What a surprise!

very nice shot , this insect reminds me a cartoon in TV when i was kid about a child bee who searched her mother,

Very Thanks!

** Saluti , **

SUPERB detailed image with excellent pose cptured.Wonderful expression.

Salve Luciano,
stunningly powerful portrait of a mantis in eye contact. I love the close and direct approach, achieving high impact and drama by strictly reducing the image to the essence, and its refreshingly lively colours. A pleasure to see! With Thanks, and best regards,

Invitante ma tremendamente letale, almeno per i maschetti! Qualità super. Complimenti!


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-09-29 7:32]

Hi Luciano,
Another great close-up.
Amazing colours and sharpness details with nice blurred background.
Regards Jiri.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-09-29 10:20]

Ciao Luciano,
A very good capture of this Mantis ..
Superb composition, colour and sharpness, beautiful light.
Best wishes,

Razor sharp on the eyes, and the towel does not distract from the interesting colours. A nice macro and well done for taking this opportunity.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2014-09-30 9:15]

Hello Luciano!! What a good and simpátic picture here! Congratulation. Saludos from Spain.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2014-09-30 17:38]

What a fun visitor!
Very colorful.
Love the pose and the POV.

Hi Luciano,
une superbe foto, très différentes de tes autres postes. On dirait qu'elle nous dit hello!!
bonne soirée

Effectivement Luciano,
c'est la sœur de celle que j'ai photographié, mais ta photo est d'une qualité supérieure à la mienne. Félicitations, une très belle photo.

Ciao Luciano,
I don't know how I missed this superb shot. Excellent image in your unmistakable style. Very good sharpness, proper flash usage, nice color tones, original PoV... and what a composition with the "welcome pose"! I also love (besides many more elements) how the antennae are forming 2 semi-diagonal lines. Bombastic photo! Bravo!
Best regards, László

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