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Hello..I am hiding here...
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Copyright: Narayanan Ganesan (gannu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-05
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-07 2:21
Viewed: 2791
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Infraclass: Neoptera
Superorder: Dictyoptera
Order: Mantodea

The sudden rain in Delhi has not only made the weather cool and also brought all those insect hiding to comeout.

The insect order Mantodea or mantises consists of approximately 2,300 species worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats, of which a majority are in the family Mantidae. For most of the past century, only this single family was recognized within the order, and the term "mantid" was therefore historically used for any member of the order; technically, however, the term only refers to this one family, meaning the species in the other eight recently-established families are not mantids, by definition (i.e., they are empusids, or hymenopodids, etc.), and the term "mantises" (or the more colloquial "praying mantises") should be used when referring to the entire order.

Reproduction Method

Sexual cannibalism is common among mantises in captivity, and under some circumstances may also be observed in the field. The female may start feeding by biting off the male’s head (as with any prey), and if mating had begun, the male’s movements may become even more vigorous in its delivery of sperm. Early researchers thought that because copulatory movement is controlled by ganglion in the abdomen, not the head, removal of the male’s head was a reproductive strategy by females to enhance fertilisation while obtaining sustenance. Later, this bizarre behaviour appeared to be an artifact of intrusive laboratory observation. Whether the behaviour in the field is natural, or also the result of distractions caused by the human observer, remains controversial. Mantises are highly visual creatures, and notice any disturbance occurring in the laboratory or field such as bright lights or moving scientists. Research by Liske and Davis (1987) and others found (e.g. using video recorders in vacant rooms) that Chinese mantises that had been fed ad libitum (so were not starving) actually displayed elaborate courtship behaviour when left undisturbed. The male engages the female in courtship dance, to change her interest from feeding to mating. Courtship display has also been observed in other species, but it does not hold for all mantises.

The mating season in temperate countries typically begins in autumn. To mate following courtship, the male usually leaps onto the female’s back, and clasps her thorax and wing bases with his forelegs. He then arches his abdomen to deposit and store sperm in a special chamber near the tip of the female’s abdomen.

Self Defense

Generally, mantises are protected simply by virtue of concealment. When directly threatened, many mantis species stand tall and spread their forelegs, with their wings fanning out wide. The fanning of the wings evidently makes the mantis seem larger and more threatening, with some species having bright colors and patterns on their hind wings and inner surfaces of their front legs for this purpose. If harassment persists, a mantis may then strike with its forelegs and attempt to pinch or bite. As part of the threat display, some species also may produce a hissing sound by expelling air from the abdominal spiracles. When flying at night, at least some mantises are able to detect the echolocation sounds produced by bats, and when the frequency begins to increase rapidly, indicating an approaching bat, they will stop flying horizontally and begin a descending spiral toward the safety of the ground, often preceded by an aerial loop or spin.

ISO 100
Used Tripod to shoot
180mm lens used
Edited in PS CS3

Information gathered from Wikipedia.

Thanks for looking.


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Excellent use of light in this macro image of a Praying Mantis, Ganesan.
With bright colours around the subject, the capture looks lively and attractive.
The subject is in sharp focus and its green colour is perfect for camouflage.
Well done and TFS.

Hi Ganesh,
This is a crisp clear image and colors are well saturated. The pov and composition are great. Very pleasant picture. TFS this fine image.

Hola Narayanan, muy bonita composición, nitida y con buen color. Muy buena información. Un saludo

Hi Narayanan,
A superb macro of an interesting creature, great POV and superb detail,
Well done,
Nick :-)

Hi Ganesh Ji,
A nice capture of this beautiful baby mantis. Excellent sharp details and a fine composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Fantastic color! Great framing. Perfect focus. Very artistic and beautiful!

Hi Ganesh,
This is one of the best picture that i have seen !. Excellent POV , colors and exposure as i mentioned many times before anything that's shot with F/8 with that 180mm lens will give you a decent result.
Goutham R

Zimbly awesome, bro!
I especially love the bud towards the botton left, it looks like it has some almost human features!Just a thought;)
I love the depth of this one, the perfect details...
Very well done, Ganesan...

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-07 9:41]

Hi Ganesan.
Amazing scene and so wonderful its reproduction. Perfect DOF and crisp sharpness of all details. I like rich vibrant colours and impressive lighting. Composition and cropping of the shot are amazing too. Bravo. Well done.

Hi Ganesh,
Nice finding of this hide and seek expert. Good lighting and colors

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-07 10:37]

Hi Ganesh,

You had a wonderful eye to spot this Mantis - it looks like it is part of the flower. Everything about this shot is amazing - the pose of the Mantis - the beautiful rich colors - the razor sharp details - the perfect background - and the wonderful composition.


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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-04-07 12:30]


Wow! what an eye you have to see these little creatures hiding!
I really like tthe pose of the mantis!
Well done!


Hi Narayanan,
Very beautiful shot, with absolutely correct exposure, great details a neat OOF BG and great colors.

Very well done!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-04-07 15:27]

Hi Nara,what a wonderfull pic! Excellent quality of sharpenss and colours and very nice and intersting mantis in a curious position,my best compliments and thanks to show us this beauty,Luciano

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-07 22:02]

Hello Ganesh

A beautiful image of this mantis in amongst the hollyhocks.
The colours are vibrant and rich.
Well focused with lovely sharpness of detail.
An excellent composition.


Hello Narayanan,

Excellent composition with these beautiful flowers and the nice pose of the mantis. Good POV, DOF and sharpness. Superb light and colours.
Well done,

Hi Narayanan, elegant composition with splendid mantis and beautiful flowers, fantastic colors and superb light, perfect focus and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-08 14:00]

Fine macro of this Praying Mantis!
Great detail that is enhanced by the superb clarity.
Nice flowers that add a splash of colour to the shot.
Great DOF too.
Well done Ganesh!


Hi Ganesh,
what a great post. The colors are amazing.
The praying mantis is captured exremly sharp. I love it's surroundings.
The background is very smooth and with great colors.
Very well done.
TFS Tatjana

Hello Narayanan,
It is a colourful happening. I like the aspect ratio as well.
Well done

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