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End of the story

End of the story
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Copyright: Pankaj Bajpai (pankajbajpai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1470 W: 102 N: 4711] (16627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mantids with unusual and very big prey, portfolio of a killer, Joe's Favourites 2, Silpa's "Unforgettable" Favourites !!!, Photo Collage at TN [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-14 20:36
Viewed: 4501
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This brings me to the end of the story which started with the previous post of mine of a mantis a few days back. I am sorry for the delay in posting this shot as i could not make the collage on time.

scene One : A dragonfly lands on a mantis, the mantis is not able to catch the dragonfly as it landed on its neck. The mantis doesnt move and keeps on watching the dragonfly. What patience shown by the mantis.

Scene Two : The dragonfly flies away and the mantis still doest moves but keeps on watching. I too was observing the whole scene without moving :-0).

Scene Three : The dragonflies have a habit of coming back to the same place again and again and here too the dragonfly came back to land on the same place but this time the mantis was well prepared to catch the landing dragonfly. Within a fraction of a second the dragonfly was captured in the spined frontal legs of the mantis.(Sabr ka phal meetha hota hai)

Scene Four : The mantis starts eating the alive dragonfly and starts from the head of the poor dragon fly. At this moment i had a strong urge of saving the dragonfly from the predator. I controlled myself as i shouldnt interfere in natures course.

Scene five, six, seven & eight : The dragonfly was eaten within 100 seconds and the only thing left was the wings of the insect and me watching the whole episode thinking if i should have saved the dragonfly.

Scene Nine : The mantis was satisfied and again came back to the classic mantis pose of praying as if the mantid was thanking for the food. I also left the scene happy for what i have recorded and sad for the poor dragonfly.

Though i couldnt feel good after looking at this whole incident but then its the way of nature.

I have read that after mating the female mantis immidiately eats the male to get protein for the eggs. Someday i would like to see and shoot this entire process and for this i have to go to farm area searching for the habitat of mantids. Lets see if luck favours mee again as these kind of shot happens only if you are lucky that day.

I am sorry as i could not do a proper collage as i dont have much skills in editing .

your comments and critiques are most welcome.

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A great collage Pankaj. Like a movie. Very educative shots and superb notes on this image.
TFS this great contribution to us.


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-10-14 20:57]

Hi Pankaj,
I have been waiting for this .....wondering when you would post the rest of it as it happened....Luck favoured you indeed but more than that you made a wonderful effort to present this in a very documentative yet interesting manner. The drama as it unfolds get nastier but as you rightly said that's nature....superb PoV showing excellent details, fine lighting and commentable efforts to present these "unforgettable moments" in collage. I love your narrative of the scenes.Scenes one, two, six, seven and nine are very well crafted.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece of work and i am proud to take this and show off in my "Unforgettable" theme.
P.S:-Good Luck with those mating -post mating shots:)

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-10-14 21:24]

hi pankanj,
excellent work, yes, its all waiting game for you and the mantis. rich rewards, no doubt. good collage, wish you have got that moment of grabing the dragonfly by the mantis. tfs.

A story well told through continuous images, Pankaj.
All the images are very well captured and leave nothing to imagination.
You were indeed fortunate to be on the spot to record the entire sequence.
In terms of documentation, this is a priceless collage for which the TN community will remain grateful to you.
I wish you all the best in your quest for the ultimate documentation -- the female Mantis eating up the male after mating. In fact, if you come across this event, film it if you have a video recording option on your DSLR.


You were in the THE spot and used the situation perfectly. What an awesome scene to capture. Amazing - thanks for sharing. Great photography and great story. TFS!

Best Regards,


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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-10-14 21:42]

Hi Pankaj!

Your collage is fine, don't worry, and exceeds all expectations concerning its content. You tell and show us a dramatic story where the technical aspect becomes secondary. Moreover, if the collage could be done in a different way, the pictures are of high quality, and finally that's important. It's a fascinating and very instructive posting!

Kind regards


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-14 22:11]

Hi Pankaj,

I was waiting for your follow-up but never expected anything like this. This collage is even better than a video because we can spend time examining each picture. Each shot is action packed with fine details and lovely colors. I'm not sure I could have watched what was happening to the dragonfly as it took place. Thank you for recording this natural event for us. You did a superb job.

Hi Pankaj,

an exellent compilation from this Mantis and his prey.
Well done.

I really like it.


Hi My Friend Pankaj, Good Morning!

What a great collage showing the feeding behaviour of a praying mantis. Each image is sharp and well presented. Impressive in both educational and also scientific documentation.
Thanks for sharing this great compound image. Of course it is going to my favorites.
Have a great day!


Hello Pankaj,

Very nice good picture series. Excellent sharpness, light and colours. I wonder how long a mantis can live without feeding. I know that is quite long for spiders but for mantis I have no idea. I have to look for it.
Very well done,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-10-15 2:49]

Panakj, vignesh kept asking me whether you had the what happened next. This is superb. NO need to have skills and the picture is enough for the story. I read in one of our TN friend 'Bill Houghton" web page " God Creates the picture, I only snap the shutter". Superb one and sometimes I also feel to go in an unknown place with 10GB card and just click click clik. Well done again

Hy Pankaj
I was expecting that the mantis eat the dragonfly, but I was not expected that the dragonfly to be so "stupid" to return on mantis neck.
Very good collage and congratulations for your patience.

Regards, Oana

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-15 3:23]

Hi Pankaj,
Great colage of these perfect captures of a beautiful mantis on dragonflies in fine compositions.
Best regards Siggi

the already anxiously awaited follow-up. such an amazing collage! :-) waiting pays off sometimes, in this case for you and for the
mantis. wonderful shots - each photo would have deserved a presentation on its own. superb job & best wishes, thor.

Hi Pankaj!

I was waiting for the next parts after Your first post. Collage looks good, photos are great. Thanks a lot for sharing. Real natural behaviour of carnivorous mantis. Eat or be eaten;) this is real nature.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2008-10-15 9:51]

Hello Pankaj,
A fanstastic sequence, well presented and told.
A great bit of photography and PP work and fine story about insect behaviour, of the dragonfly and of the mantis.
Well done and thanks for shring this fine contribution.
All the best,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-10-15 10:37]

Hi Pankaj,
i just saw your previous post and yes, this is how i guessed it would end! What a fantastic scene you cuaght here, and you really did it justice too. Each shot is sharp and well exposed with a very good DOF - a great contribution to TN, well done!

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-15 11:02]

Hello Pankaj,

Very fine colage you have made showing this ferocious predator. Photos are sharp showing well the feeding process. There are very fine colors in all your photos rendering well the insects.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-15 11:31]

Hi Pankaj.
Breathtaking story and fantastic collage. Simply great series and unbelievable timing. My congratulations. It is rare work. Bravo.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-15 11:34]

Hi Pankaj, I have been waiting to see the end pictures and its been worth waiting. You have done such a fine job with the set of picture. Each one so good on its own but all put together is spot on. very well done TFS.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-15 13:20]

I was right! :-)))
This is fantastic, Pankaj.
It shows the event really well.
Each shot is impeccable.
Excellent notes.

Very well done,

p.s this is into my favs!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6198 W: 89 N: 15305] (64084)
  • [2008-10-15 14:30]

Hi Pankaj,i must say thanks for this wonderful,perfect and interesting serie.A great professional work,i tought at how many pics and how many time you spend to create this fantastic collage,2 points are not enough,thanks a lot again for share,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-10-15 14:45]

Hi Pankaj

A splendid collage and story!
This is indeed what happens in the natural world and you shouldn't be sorry for the dragonfly not even a bit. I like to look at it this way: the mantis chose to be less beautiful in shape and in colors but more successful in hunting :)
Anyway, your shots are all impeccable and show the process superbly and with many details. Your notes here are also on the top and complete this amazing story you have witnessed. My compliments, once more!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-10-15 22:38]

Hi Pankaj,
This is by far the most creative and detailed collage I have come across and you have captured each and every happening so impressively. Hats off to your skill and perseverance. I can almost visualise the entire drama by looking at your images. Simply outstanding. I can expect nothing less than this - you set such high standards.
TFS this superb collage.

*The festive mood and hangover is still very much on my mind, I will post something very soon. In the meantime I am enjoying looking at everyones images.

Hi Pankaj!

It's very interesting and also a bit hard to see this at the same time, I understand what you felt there I think. Still it was much worth capturing as it's not everyday to see a complete action like this. I think your collage ended up very well, my only suggestion for the next time is maybe you should try putting the pics in a line (like 1 or 2 rows), making it a panoramic format available for large posting. It would be interesting to see these wonderful frames in bigger format. But it's just an idea.
TFS this wonderful action,

Best regards,

OH Pankaj, splendid collagewith fantastic action, poor dragonfly, very well done, ciao Silvio

Namskar Pankaj ji Excellent job. Amazing sequences and you had good time watching it happen live. Lucky you :)
Regards - Adil.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2008-10-16 14:14]

Hello Pankaj,

WOW!!! What a wonderful description!!! I'm very impressed by this sequence!!!

What a fool dragonfly: her mother never told him to not land on a mantis!!!

Those images are excellent and describe vey well the mantid behavior and patience!

Congratulations for having see that and get the patience to capture the scenes on pixels!

A big THANK YOU for sharing this amazing sequence!


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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-10-16 22:47]

Belle série criminelle ! Bon réflexe !
Bonne journée.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2008-10-19 7:45]

Hello Pankaj,
Sorry I missed the end of the story! At first I wondered how it managed to grab the dragonfly off its back but, as you say, they often return to the same place and I expect the Mantis was prepared this time! This is a great presentation showing the whole event very nicely! Lovely details and colours!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-10-19 23:52]

hi Pankaj,
wow great stuff.. unlucky spot for the dragonfly to choose as a perch. fantastic series, nice work. tfs

Your collage looks good to me. It is an interesting collection of very sharp images. We have an expression.."to look at the world through rose colored glasses" That's what I do because nature can be pretty cruel. It can be summed up in the word, "survival".

Thanks for the effort you put into this.

Evelynn : )

Hello Pankaj

What an impressive and dramatic story you have told and presented.
The life and death struggle that is nature.Imagine how many times a day this story unfolds somewhere on the planet.
Wonderful POV and DOF.
The sharpness and details are excellent.
Very good contrast and colours.
Great piece of storytelling.


Hi Pankaj
The rest of the story is also interesting and presentad on great highquality photograps. Very good job I added this image to my theme - Mantids with unusual and big prey.

Namaste Pankaj,
wow - that is a spectacular serie ...
I love to see what's going on - and I also like to see the difference of the size between the mantis and the dragon.
Amazing shots, very well done, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Bye the way - thanks for your theme - collages - mine are also there, a beautiful collection of all collages on TN ;-)

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