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Pretty Little Mantis (20mm.)

Pretty Little Mantis (20mm.)
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Copyright: Ricardo A Palonsky (RAP) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mantodea: Mantis, 40 points or more - 40 puntos o más, portfolio of a killer [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-23 4:49
Viewed: 5310
Points: 46
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Pretty Little Mantis

My first Mantis... A long time ago I wished to find one... but I did not have the luck to do it.

Few days back, looking for another insect that disappeared between a green grass and little straw droughts, I perceived the movement of a small insect of not more of 20mm. of length.

It began to watch to me, it advanced quickly between the grass on which I could portray it a pair of shot and when I trying to take it in my hands to see it close by, it jumped and it disappeared permanently.

The Praying Mantis acquired its name from its manner of holding the forepart of its body up with its large front legs held together as though in a praying position.

The adults are usually between 1.5 and 3 inches long and are green or brown in color.
Their color is adapted to their environment.
In a wet environment they will be green and in a dry environment they will be brown.
Praying Mantids have ultrasound hearing of the same frequency used by bats.

The Praying Mantis eats other insects such as mosquitoes, flies, moths, butterflies, spiders, crickets, etc.
They sit and wait patiently for their prey to come close enough for them to reach out and grab it with their front legs.
Once they grab hold of it they bite the prey’s neck to paralyze it.
Their front legs are equipped with rows of sharp spines that are used to grasp and hold the prey.
The female Praying Mantis will eat the male during mating if she is hungry.

Praying Mantids like thick vegetation with high insect populations.
They range in areas throughout the tropical, subtropical and warm areas of the world.

Praying Mantid’s predators include birds, bats, spiders and snakes.
Praying Mantids primarily rely on camouflage and their ultrasonic hearing for defense against predators.

In the fall after mating, the female Praying Mantis lays her eggs in a mass of about an inch long in a gummy substance the female sticks to twigs, plant stems or other objects.
The female will make up to 22 egg masses during this time.
Between 30 and 300 young emerge in the spring or early summer.
The young will eat each other or any other type of insect they can catch.
The young do not have wings and, as they grow, they will shed their skin several times.
It takes approximately three months for them to mature.

The praying mantis has very good eyesight and can see movement up to 60 feet away from them.
They also have ultrasonic hearing.

LordPotty, Kirsten, sandpiper2, marhowie, JeanMichel, red45, willie, AndyB, christophe, PDP, gerhardt, Luc, cwong, ljsugarnspice, Shoot_Score, oscarromulus has marked this note useful
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I guess the Mantis is no. 1 insect at the TN fashion show ... we all love it more than the bee ... Always striking a good pose ...

Nice POV here Ricardo.This mantis is only a week or two old I'd say.Its very good for a first mantis shot.I would possibly have reduced the gamma level (light) a little to sharpen it a bit.Very cute,though.

It's great my friend.
Very good and funny pose, nice colours and compo, good sharpness.
And of course a great note.
Great work.

Hey Ricardo,nice shot, good compo with nice diagonal lines, colours dof and details are good too, well done!

Great POV Ricardo, nice detail and OOF background. Excellent note.

Ricardo, Nice pose & comp. Good detail on this mantid so small. Well done!

You're right Ricardo, this is a really pretty one! Nicely framed on the leaf, well detailed, and very good soft light too. Needs a bit sharpening in front, but it's minor. I specially like the pose and the head turned to the photographer. Great instructive note. We have a few here, but green, due to the mild humid climate. I've added yours to the mantis theme.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-11-23 9:04]

Excellent pose and colours. Great composition and note.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-11-23 11:07]

Very nice shot Ricardo. The pose and colours are excellent. Well seen. Good Job

Ricardo, esto completa muy bien la evolucion de la mantis en TN, ya teniamos varias fotos de mantis adultas, los impresionantes post de Gerhard con la puesta de huevos y la eclosión, sólo nos faltaba el estadio intermedio y aqui esta. Perfecta composición en diagonal con espacio en la parte superior para no ahogar a la mantis. Perfecta nota, eso si hecho en falta alguna nota sobre el postprocesado para aprender un poco. Gracias.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-11-23 13:04]

A very nice capture.
Very good composition and a great pose from the mantis.
Great colours and DoF.
Good work,well done.

Very good clarification and good focal distance, The composition is pleasing, Great shot Ricardo

La clarificación muy buena y la distancia focal buena, La composición es el tiro agradable, Grande Ricardo

Ricardo, it's lovely little mantis. The blade of grass adds a strong diagonal plane. Very sharp and a great post. Well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-23 15:43]

Well it's no Julia Roberts but she has some appeal. Classic pose which makes a very nice compostion with the diagonal leaf. Very well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2004-11-23 19:42]

Grande Ricardo, a impressão que se tem é que o inseto queria realmente ser fotografado. É como se ele olhasse para você, colocando-se à disposição para ser fotografado. Além do mais, a moldura está em perfeita sintonia com a linha escura que cruza a foto diagonalmente.



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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-11-23 22:49]
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Claudia Schiffer puede ir a esconderse, Ricardo.
He aquí el maniquí de día.

¡ Realización excelente!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-24 1:14]

Very well done with great detail. It almost looks like it is posing for you.

Thanks for posting

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  • cwong (17)
  • [2004-11-24 5:34]
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Hi Ricardo.
This is a great shot. Good composition and colour. Very informative note. Thanks for sharing.

And it is posing for you, what a nice shot, only two colours, but spectacular!

This is just a young one... it's kinda cute! Great capture and composition!

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-01-04 14:04]

Nice picture! Nice pose, very sharp from a good POV. Well done! Tfs!

Hi dear Ricardo ,
very nice shot , it is lovely colors and very good BG.
well done.

Praying Mantis
From whence arrived the praying mantis?
From outer space, or lost Atlantis?
I glimpse the grim, green metal mug
That masks this pseudo-saintly bug,
Orthopterous, also carnivorous,
And faintly whisper, Lord deliver us.

—Ogden Nash, from Custard and Company

This shot illustrates the poem, or does the poem illustrate the shot? Hmmm, why not both! Tfs, Jay

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