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Mantis Religiosa

Mantis Religiosa
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Copyright: Jean Michel Peers (JeanMichel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 87 N: 938] (2864)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-09-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-F717, Zeiss 2/9,7-48,5
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mantodea: Mantis [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-01 12:36
Viewed: 5044
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
MANTIDAE - Represented by about 1800 different species living mainly in tropical regions. In our mild climate, the most common one is the "MANTIS RELIGIOSA" - Size: 40mm (avg males) to 60mm (avg females). In France, they live in the southern part, and in some well exposed chalky hills more north. This carnivorous insect is expert in camouflage, adapting their color to the environment (varying from tender green to brown) . They capture by surprise other insects by unfolding arms in a quick movement. Preys are retained between their solid spines. Their head is very mobile. At rest, wings are folded on the back.
This one was found on a juniper bush late in summer. It's a female, with a belly full of eggs. She will lay a well protected eggbag later in autumn. The larvae will remain hidden during winter, and if the winter is not too strong, they will come out with the first heat.
Although being in the northern part of France, the place where I live has long chalky hills (avg 100m declivity) full south, generating a micro climate where fauna and flora is comparable to those found about 500km more south.
Mid-day sunny conditions, handheld.
PP: cropped out about 20%, PSE: contrast +5, brightness -10, plus selective brightness reduction on the wings. USM (60-2-1)
NeatImage to soften the background.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-01 15:00]

Buena captura Jean Michel.
La postura del insecto con esa diagonal natural es muy atractiva.
Buena agudeza y colorido... tal vez existe una leve sobre exposicion, pero aceptable.
Atinado encuadre e interesantes notas.

Good capture Jean Michel.
The position of the insect with that natural diagonal is very attractive.
Good colorful sharpness and... Perhaps exists one slight one over expose, but acceptable.
Accurate grame and interesting notes.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-01 15:12]
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Excellent work Jean Michel, I love the details and composition. However I think the inclusion of the rear legs would have improved it a little. Very good work.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-11-01 15:56]
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A nice capture.
Very good composition and excellent DoF.
It looks like the light was strong but you've managed it very well.
A good shot,well done.

This is one of the best Mantid shot on TN. Tack sharp. Wonderfull.

Excellent shot Jean. Great composition and sharpness. Cant say Iv ever seen a Mantis but its an amazing insect. Well done.

Hello jean , Glad you put the note at the top I was about to go spend some time on a hunt for this exelent image as I rember it well, Thank you for transfering it to TN it is a welcome addition , it shows a classic pose for a mantis, good and sharp though out though the back is showing a little over exposure but not seriously enough to spoil the image.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-11-01 17:50]

Great DOF on this Mantis Religiosa. Very good composition also. Sharp and clear. With an instructive note too. TFS.

Very good macro Jean Michel.
This is very good.
Great DOF and sharpness, nice colours and very good composition.
Great work.

Jean, Composed well with good detail. A great note with description AND shooting details! A tad over on the backside but not much. Nice job!

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  • mrvdm1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 97 W: 14 N: 93] (301)
  • [2004-11-02 1:00]
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Very good shot! I'm not into macros (yet), but this image is alive! I agree with Paul, it would have been great if the leg was there, but I know what excitement can do to objective thinking.

An excellent post Jean Louis.Good clear photo and informative notes.I didn't know you had these in France.Later I'll post a New Zealand mantis.Thanks for this one.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-02 7:58]
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This is beautiful. The image is sharp, the color great and the DOF excellent. A pity on the one side that the on leg has been cropped off, but on the other hand it allowed you to get closer to the subject.

Thanks for posting

un insecte vraiment etrange tant dans ca forme que dans son attitude..
la photo est nette, les couleurs sont fideles.

Jean Michel, the leaves and the trees form a beautiful picture. In some portions of the photo, it's even difficult do know where the leg ends and the leaf begins.

Excellent job. Great sharpness.


This is an excellent shot. I have a number of pics of one of these guys but they are of a captured insect. This is captured "in the wild" and is just great.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2004-12-10 23:01]

Wow, what details, sharpness, clearity and color.!!! amazing capture.


My son was captivated by this image, Jean Michel, and was not disappointed when I opened the thumbnail. I like it too, by the way! Composition at the diagonal works very well to add an edginess to the feel of this strange and menacing critter. You've also managed the light very nicely. Thanks!

Well Jean Michel I go back t an older macro of yours.
This mantis is a fantastic capture you your, the sharpnes of the details are great and the dof is really perfect, Yes this is a very good shot, very good job you did, with a great note.

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