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Empusa fasciata

Empusa fasciata
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Copyright: Ena Simic (Ena) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-01
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Nature of Bosnia and Herzegovina [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-06 2:52
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Points: 86
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Empusa was caught on the Kravice falls in Hercegovina during a field trip with my university class!

Name latin Empusa fasciata
english : Cone head mantis (information got from Marcello Romano)

Systematics Super-Order Dictyoptera
Order Mantodea
Family Empusidae
Subfamily Empusinae
Tribe Empusini

First Description Author BRUNNÉ
Year 1832

Size Male about 5 - 7 cm / 2.0 to 2.8 inch
Female about 6 - 8 cm / 2.4 to 3.1 inch

Lifespan Male about ? (1.5 + ?) month / ~ ? moltings
Female about 6 (2 + 4) month / ~ ? moltings
The period of growing can be 6 month
longer caused by a break in the winter

Sexing Male L5 and abouve: only by counting the
abdomial appendages at the bottom of the
abdomen (6 appendages)
adult: douple comped antennas,

Female L5 and abouve: only by counting the
abdomial appendages at the bottom of the
abdomen (5 appendages)
adult: normal and short antennas

Spreading North-East-Italia to Westasia
Landmap of Asia / Landmap of Europe
The description is based on mantids of the following origin:
Putini (Croatia)

Habitat dry meadows, small bushes
sunny and dry places

Aggression very low

Various colors ?

Special They are skilful hunters. Keep looking for a good ventilation.

Mantids from countries which have temperatures under 10 °C / 50 °F in the winter are doing a break (diapause) between 2 moltings. You should keep them at 5 to 10 °C / 40 - 50 °F for 3-4 month in this break.

from: http://www.mantisonline.de/english/species/empusa/fasciata/fasciata.html

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What a fascinating species of Praying Mantis, Ena!
The insect is perfectly equipped for the camouflage with its plant-like body parts and colorations.
The image is well captured.

Hello Ena

Nice capture of this beautiful mantid! Wonderful details, and excellent DOV POV! Great! Well done friend! TFS.

Hi Ena,
A nice capture of this preying mantis. Excellent composition and details. Very well seen as this cunning fella is not easy to be spotted. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • thijs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 1 N: 104] (529)
  • [2008-02-06 5:24]

Hi Ena

Very interesting species. Looks almost like a SF creature. Very good camouflaged. Good PoV and DoF. Well done!

TFS, Thijs

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-06 5:25]

Hi Ena,
Wonderful shot of this Mantid cleverly camouflaged among the green grasses. Nice lighting and exposure and you have captured a fine pose. Great low POV and the composition is marvellous. Kudos.

Este é o desfarse perfeito imovel ninguem diz que é um inseto,ficou muito bem fotografado e de qualidade ótima,meus parabéns.

Nice shot of this mantis. They are always fascinating. Good focus and composition. Well done.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-06 6:08]

Hello Ena,
Wow, thats one superb capture. What an incredible species and your great camera work allows us an amazingly sharp and well detailed look at it. Those front arms are impressive and the head as well. Great job Ena, thanks.

Interesante toma con buenos y naturales colores. Un buen documento.
Saludos .

bonjour ena
joli coup d'oeil,je n'ai jamais vu d'empuse mais j'aime beaucoup leurs cousines les mantes.

Ciao Ena,
sei riuscita a realizzare una foto veramente eccellente a questa splendida femmina di E. fasciata.
Sono ben visibili le lamelle molto espanse sulle coxe che la distinguono dall'affine E. pennata.
Anche la testa e le antenne, corte e non pettinate, tipiche del sesso femminile, sono ottimamente a fuoco.
L'ambiente naturale e la posizione obliqua dell'insetto, rendono veramente piacevole questa immagine.
Ho fatto una breve ricerca, il nome comune inglese delle Empusa č "Cone head mantis" e si riferisce, ovviamente, alla strana forma a punta del capo.
Con l'occasione volevo farti i miei complimenti per la tua padronanza della lingua italiana.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-02-06 9:05]

hello ena
well close-up working on this interesting insect
i like composition, point of view, colours, details and note
thanks for sharing

merhaba Ena,
a great macro of the famous species of Praying Mantis. Nicely composed. Focus, details, espeically on head, POV also very nice. You can isolated it very nicely from similar green colored BG. TFS, well done

Nice Mantid. Good profile, color and detail.

Your European ones in Hercegovina are a lot different from the ones I've seen in Western Oregon USA. It has a long grass-like neck that ours don't have and a very different shaped head.

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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 11:22]

Ciao Ena,bellissima angolazione,ci ho messo un po' per capire se era un'erba o un insetto..eheheh..un caso di perfetto mimetismo,grazie per avercela mostrata,Luciano

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-06 11:33]

Hi Ena.
Excellent close-up with perfect composition and great details and sharpness. You managed to blur the BG very well too. I like natural colours and lights. Well done and TFS.

Hello Ena,
it is a splendid mantis, very well captured, colours and lighting are excellent,
well done,

ciao Ena,
la mantide e' gia' abbastanza impressionante,ma questa Empusa fasciata
sembra quasi un extraterrestre.
bella cattura e dettagli

saluti sERGIO

Bravo Ena!
Wonderful shot of very interesting and beautiful species! Last year when I was in Turkey I saw a single larva of this species, some 10 mm only :)
This adult specimen looks really danger :)
I like sharpness and colouration too. Note is very professional as for me :)
Best greetings from Lodz!

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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 16:40]

Ciao Ena,
super slicica ove zaista fantasticne bogomoljke, pravi mali vanzemaljac :)
svidja mi se poza,
odlicni detalji,

Hello Ena,
Very fine captured of this Mantis!
good close up with perfect sharpness, good colour and details
well done

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-02-06 17:30]

Hi Ena,

Well this mantis has a perfect camouflage, it took me a few seconds to discover her in full. You had for sure an excellent eye to capture it. Good focus and nice natural colours. Well done!


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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-02-06 23:47]

Hi Ena. A very clear composition. Good notes on this unusual looking insect. It is amazing how similar to grass his leg and body is. TFS. Murray.

Hello Ena,
This appears to be like our Preying Mantis here in the States.
Excellent DoF and lighting. The positioning of the stick is perfect.
Well Captured...

Complementi Ena, splendida immagine di notevole nitidezza e con grandi dettagli, č la prima volta che vedo questa specie di Mantide, grande esempio di mimetismo, non facile da vedere e brava atrovarla e a fotografarla, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-07 6:11]

Hello Ena,
WHat a fine specimen of Mantis you're showing us here! Excellent macro, very sharp showing interesting details and fine colours. Well composed too.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-07 11:55]

Hello Ena,
Wonderful photo with fantastic sharpness and details. The DOF and camouflaged colours are excellent.

Hi Ena,

This guy is a master in camouflaging, but you capture it very well.
Sharp and nice details.
Great shot!

Ben Lakitan

Hello Ena,

This is a beautiful capture of the mantis. The clarity and details are well written in the picture. The head and the eyes looks really awesome in the picture.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-08 5:09]

Hello Ena,
Superb macro of a Cone-head Mantis. Excellent sharpness and composition with the natural grass BG, the sharpness helping to make it stand out in an environment where it would otherwise be camouflaged.
Thanks for sharing this fine image,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-08 10:04]

Hi .Just a quick note for now to say great picture .

Hello Ena,

You have done great work here by bringing in the whole body of the mantis with great details inspite of the angular POV.

Well done!

Warm regards,

Hola Ena.
Una macro genial, con una calidad muy buena.
Buen bg y ecertado encuadre.
Cordiales saludos, JL.

Beautiful close-up,lovely tones and details.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-02-10 18:22]

Very nice mantis photo. Very sharp focus, good colours and great details. It seems to almost blend in with it's surroundings.

Hola Ena,
Excelente toma de este curioso insecto, donde se aprecia con buena definición sus formas y detalles. TFS. Saludos
José Ramón

Hello Ena,
Superb closeup of this insect. The detail and focus is wonderful.. nice composition!

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-02-21 18:10]
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Selam Ena
Another nice close-up capture. Beautifull mantid sp. [:)] with excellent details. TFS. Regards,

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2008-02-23 12:06]

Very interesting species of mantis, I've not seen one like this before. Excellent pov. very sharp and focus.

Hello Ena,
It's really very amazing creature! The only one Mantis I've seen was in Slovak Republic. Unfortunatelly I live too much to North ;-)


A great capture of this unusual species of Mantis.
I had no idea that these were found in Hercegovina. This is such an eotic and tropical looking species.
The composition is great and the details and DOF are good too.
Nice work Ena.

Hola Ena,
Gracias por tu comentario y el enlace a esta hermosa foto.
Nunca vi esta especie adulta en mi pais, lo cual creo que no es raro , ya que está tan bien camuflada que es practicamente imposible de ver.
Parece un alien;-)

ja sam ovu čudnu bogomoljku neki dan prvi put vidio uživo, uslikao sam je naravno ;) jedan kolega mi je rekao da se radi o mužijaku!

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