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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/6.4
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Mantodea: Mantis, Insects' World, Insects (Insecta) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-06 13:11
Viewed: 6185
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
"...forever young, I want to be forever young..." - do you remember this song by Alphaville??? I belive at least some of you do... :)

So now please look at this picture. What do you see? A mantis? You are right! A larva of mantis? Absolutely not!!! :)
You can say: why it is not a larva, this specimen does not have full developed wings - just like all larvae in this insect order! Really it does not have ANY wings!!!

Ok, but if you remember my last mantis photo of Ameles decolor you also know that in some Mantodea species adults have reduced wings. And this species also has reduced wings - but this time in 100%!!! :)

So we have here a really "old one" who discovered how "to be forever young" (or at least how to look like that... ;>).

The hero of this image is Geomantis larvoides Pantel, 1896 (Mantidae) - the only one wingless species of Mantodea known from Europe.

And here are some basic data about this unique species:

Size: up to 25 mm

Distribution: S Europe, from France and Italy to Greece.

Habitat: dry areas with low vegetation

This picure was taken in Butrinti village, in the old olive-grove.

horia, ralfsworld, eqshannon, Ena, dejo, mariki, matatur, marcellr, Alex99, boreocypriensis, Jamesp, Silvio2006, cataclysta, zulfu, JORAPAVI has marked this note useful
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Hi Radek

Another excellent presentation from you and this time of a very interesting and unique (at least for Europe) species.
I honestly can't wait for the new season to begin...i really need to get some new macro photos :)
This is again a very nice shot, with excellent detail on the entire length of this animal, with lovely natural colors and a great DOF.
As usual, i always love your notes, too :)
I do feel that this image is just a little too dark and so i created a workshop to bring more light on the subject...i hope that's ok with you, my friend.
Anyway, wonderful work!

Bravo and TFS

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-02-06 13:23]

Hi Radomir,very great pic,incredible sharpness and colours,thanks for share,Luciano

Hi Radomir
I really like your presentation, also image and notes :)
Interesting pose with excellent details and colours.

The background really makes this picture different from others...very nicely chosen, either by you or the mantis:-) Well capture in low light situations then using the flash!.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-02-06 16:29]

Hello Radomir,
A real Mantis day :)
great presentation, beautiful pose captured and details,
great notes, interestin species,

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-02-06 23:12]

Hello Radomir,

Beautiful picture of this wingless mantis. Good light and sharpness. Very nice detail and colours.
Very interesting note also.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-02-07 1:53]

Hello Radomir,
You too posted a mantis!
In my country are only registered 4 species (Ameles decolor, A. spallanzania, Empusa fasciata and, of course, Mantis religiosa). Till now I only saw M.religiosa and E.fasciata, hope to see the other too soon!
The capture is great with very nice details!

An interesting specimen in perfect focus and composition Radomir, TFS my friend.

Ciao radomir,
una specie veramente interessante che non ho ancora incontrato in natura.
Grazie per le interessanti note che accompagnano, come sempre, le tue foto.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-07 6:10]

Great shot Radomir!!
There's so much detail!
You must have eagle eyes to spot this... it's got amazing camouflage!
Great POV and composition.
Nice earthy colours.
Excellent notes.
Well done!


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-02-07 7:34]

Radomir, Very nice title and excellent shot.the clarity is superb Ganesh

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-07 7:40]

Hi Radomir.
Once more perfect reproduction of the fine mantis. We have only green and sandy coloured species. I like impressive substrate and its texture reproduction. DOF is great. I love this technique. I think the shot is not underexposure. At least I like level of exposure. Very impressive look.
P.S. Unfortunately I have not inspiration to write ferry photo story. I have overestimated my "talent".

hello my dear friend Radek
Wonderful information and nice capture of this mantid! I like especially their posture:) TFS friend.
Best regards,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-07 13:25]

Hi Rado

Wonderful detail and exposure - you have made the mantis stand out very well from a similar BG expertly.


Hi Radek,
A nice capture of this praying mantis nymph. Excellent composition and details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Radomir, lovely macro of this strange mantid, splendid sharpness, wonderful details, bravo, very well done, ciao Silvio

Czesc Radziu
Ty to jednak lubisz takie rozne dziwne stwory modliszki, chrzaszcze :-) Fotka technicznie swietna, lekkie szumy w tle to drobiazg. Podoba mi sie tez pomysl na notke z muzycznym wstepem

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-02-09 1:31]

Hello Radomir

Wonderful capture! Perfect! TFS. Mehmet

Hola amigo.
Una excelente captura en horizontalcon magníficos detalles. Una buena imagen divulgativa.
Saludos Radomir, JL.

A pesar de la justa luz, un buen documento.
Un abrazo Radomir.

Hola Radomir,
Excelente captura donde nos muestras con gran nitidez y detalle esta curiosa especie, gracias por compartirla. Saludos
Jose Ramòn

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