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For Sumon Da

For Sumon Da
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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Tamron 18-200mm F3,5-6,3 XR DiII LD Asp, Kenko UV 62mm
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): portfolio of a killer, Dedications at Trek Nature part Four, Nature with Canon EOS400D [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-12 2:56
Viewed: 3543
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today I dedicate this mantis nymph capture to our SumonDa (Mana)for his beautiful dedication of olive ridley turtle for me. THANK YOU SUMON DA.

The praying mantis is named for its prominent front legs, which are bent and held together at an angle that suggests the position of prayer. The larger group of these insects is more properly called the praying mantids. Mantis refers to the genus mantis, to which only some praying mantids belong.

By any name, these fascinating insects are formidable predators. They have triangular heads poised on a long "neck," or elongated thorax. Mantids can turn their heads 180 degrees to scan their surroundings with two large compound eyes and three other simple eyes located between them.

Typically green or brown and well camouflaged on the plants among which they live, mantis lie in ambush or patiently stalk their quarry. They use their front legs to snare their prey with reflexes so quick that they are difficult to see with the naked eye. Their legs are further equipped with spikes for snaring prey and pinning it in place.

Moths, crickets, grasshoppers, flies, and other insects are usually the unfortunate recipients of unwanted mantid attention. However, the insects will also eat others of their own kind. The most famous example of this is the notorious mating behavior of the adult female, who sometimes eats her mate just after—or even during—mating. Yet this behavior seems not to deter males from reproduction.

Females regularly lay hundreds of eggs in a small case, and nymphs hatch looking much like tiny versions of their parents.

Did you know? Praying mantids’ excellent eyesight allows some to see movement up to 60 feet (18 meters) away.

Source : NGC

Thanks a lot for viewing.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-05-12 3:03]

Hi HP,
A lovely dedication to one of our comrades who like you has an eye for the wonders of nature in all its details and brilliance.I like the PoV wherein your subject is seen hanging on to the branch and loking intensley onto your lens. yes, those powerful eyes depite being small has a superb contact with your focus.
Very well done.
TFS & Cheers

Hi friend Haraprasan:) I think today is "the ambushers' day" :P. A well camouflaged mantis seems to be ready for an tasty prey:). Great macro capture in all aspects my friend. Also a nice dedication to our joint friend, Sumon. TFS. Cheers,


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-05-12 3:33]

Hola Haraprasan,
original camuflage,
pov y compo...
color y ambiente y magnífico foco.
hermosa dedicatoria,

Hi Haraprasan,
What a camouflage !
Great capture.
- Nirmal

hello haraprasan,
fine dediaction to sumon, he will surely like this, the focus on the head looks good here, liked the composition too,
tfs & regards

Hi Haraprasan, wonderful close-up shot of this well camouflaged mantis. TFS. Regards,

This is an excellent capture.Very sharp, and detailed.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-05-12 8:12]

Hi Hara,very unusual position of this Mantis,great capture,excellent quality and beutifull background,thanks for share,Luciano

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-12 8:37]

Hi Haraprasan,
Thanks you very much for remembering me and I feel so happy to get this wonderful image as dedication. This Mantis is so perfectly camouflaged on the guava tree stem waiting for prey. Those eyes look huge and so efficient to spot movement from so far away (now I know why I cannot see them). Very neat and sharp image with nice colours. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

From the thumbnail i was wondering what it was :-) Good picture showing how camouflaged this fellow is. There is a bit of haziness in the picture, otherwise a good picture

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-12 9:36]

Hi Haraprasan,

A wonderful dedication to Sumon who has presented us with so many magnificent nature photos. I'm amazed that you even saw this manis who was so well cammouflaged by the green leaves. The head is wonderful! You captured it perfectly.


Ahhh yes...he is a good man...and a good friend of India in nature as you are as well...there is some difference in the ones I have seen and this one..or perhaps it is the lighting..not sure..but this one has different eyes colour and a slightly duller sheen to the body...which makes it blend in very well in surroundings...

hello Haraprasan,

great macro picture,and fine dedication.


Splendida macro di mantide nei suoi colori mimetici, ottimi POV, DOF e composizione, buona nitidezza, molto belli e naturali i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

A perfect macro capture of a young praying mantis in a familiar posture reminiscent orf a three toed sloth HP, Sumon will love this dedication, I'm sure.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-12 14:59]

Lovely macro of this Mantis, Haraprasan!
The composition here is spot-on!
Very sharp and crisp.
Superb lighting.
Well done my friend!


Hello Haraprasan. I fine dedication for Sumon. Excellent camouflage in super sharp capture. Well done and thanks for sharing. Best regards. Jusni

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-13 2:26]

Hello HP, Nice dedication and good shot. I am not sure why it is on the darker side. I always get fascinated by the way the mantis moves. Excellent note. Ganesh

Hello HP,
Figuring this Mantis out would have been difficult if you had not mentioned the name in the note. It is so very effectively camouflaged in the leaves of the tree.
Fantastic capture of the insect clinging to the branch upside-down. Only the light green of the triangular head helps in finding it out.
Very deft capture and a valuable dedication to Sumon.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-05-13 5:32]

Hello Haraprasan,
How clever of you to find this one so nicely camouflaged among the green leaves! I like its upside-down pose and details are very sharp. Very well composed too.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-13 7:02]

Hello Haraprasan,
I had to open the thumbnail to work out what this image showed.
It is in fact a great macro of a Preying Mantis nymph showing what fine camouflage these can have in a sharp and well composed shot with a fine natural BG.
A great tribute to Sumon, not only a talented photographer, but sharing a great love of nature with us.
TFS this fine image,

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