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Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis
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Copyright: Satish Hanumantha Rao (satish_h) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 115 W: 0 N: 1261] (7630)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon F-100, NIKKOR 28-105MM, Fuji Provia 100
Exposure: f/11
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !"Preying"... [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-20 13:57
Viewed: 7780
Points: 13
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This one was waiting for its prey on a Tulsi plant,Which is very sacred for Hindus.I liked the colors of the plant and the mantis. There are several veraities of Mantis in India.

praying mantis, or praying mantid, is the common name for an insect of the order Mantodea. Often mistakenly spelled preying mantis (a tempting mistake, as they are notoriously predatory) they are in fact named for the typical "prayer-like" stance. The word mantis derives from the Greek word mantis for prophet or fortune teller. The preferred pluralization is mantids,[1] though there is some usage of mantes or mantises. The world's largest praying mantis was recorded at 45cm (18") long, in Southern China, in 1929.

Like all insects, a praying mantis has a three segmented body, with a head, thorax and abdomen. The abdomen is elongate and covered by the wings in adults. Females have strong and large cerci. The first thoracic segment, the prothorax is elongated and from it arises the modified foreleg.

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I remember the day we took this! it is wonderful picture, but i think scanning has introduced some loss in quality. Otherwise a superb picture

very beautiful specimen

aleks ;)

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-05-20 15:37]

Hello Satish,
Despite the scanner-related issues, I find this a wonderful image of the mantis sitting on a like-colored plant. Composition and the background are superb. Very well done. Regards,

Verry good picture and note. Thanks.

This looks more like a cone head mantis (from the genus "Empusa") than like a praying mantis. (because of curved belly and cone on the head).
Nice colors indeed.


These insects have perfected the art of camouflage. Good diagonal composition.

Murali Santhanam

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 spookyshot illustrates the poem, or does the poem illustrate the shot? Why not both! Tfs, Jay

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