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Empusa - Chrysopa for diner

Empusa - Chrysopa for diner
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Copyright: JeanMarie Mouveroux (Nephrotome2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus C770 UZ, no lens, (digital), No Filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mantodea: Mantis, The predator with the Prey [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-15 3:46
Viewed: 4024
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Empusa versus Chrysopa.
And the winner is ... Empusa.

The meal:
Common Green Lacewing - Chrysopa carnea - Chrysope commune.
Adult green lacewings are pale green, about 12-20 mm long, with long antennae and bright, golden eyes. They have large, transparent, pale green wings and a delicate body. They leave on Several species of aphids, spider mites (especially red mites), thrips, whiteflies, eggs of leafhoppers, moths, and leafminers, small caterpillars, beetle larvae, tobacco budworm...

Empusid mantis - Empusa pennata Empuse
Empusa was a specter (a ghost-like spirit) in ancient Greek mythology.
Empusid mantises catch prey with considerable ease and lightning speed.
Young ones have a curved abdomen (see pic).
Males have larges antennas.
Females at night display a calling behavior (abdominal bending - pheromone release), which ends abruptly at lights on. This behavior starts at 30 days of age, disappeared in mated females, but reappeared two weeks later.
The females do not kill their mates when pairing.

The shot:
This is a young one. He has white filaments on his body because I've just rescued it from a spider net. I kept it in captivity for a couple of days and released it where I found it. He's been eating one bug a day (one bug a day keeps the doctor away). If he's not hungry he just ignores preys. If he is, he watches, walks and catches. It takes one second.
Difficult conditions because of strong wing.

PP work:
Cropped 85%. Autolevels. Framed with the colors of the poor lacewing.

Thank for looking.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-08-15 4:09]
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Hi JeanMarie

Splecatcular! Really amazing!
Great shot, taken from a great POV, with good DOF (maybe a bit more wouldn't have hurt:)), very nice sharp details, lovelt colors (mostly green, but stil cool), excellent framing and compostion.
Really well done!

Bravo adn TFS

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  • pac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 157] (1783)
  • [2006-08-15 4:53]

Ooh, those mantises are really scary - the pov is really convincing!

Great compo and colours. Pephaps lacking a little in sharpness, but very good none the less!


Interesting shot, great POV.

Well done.

Complimenti proprio molto bella. Ciao gigicacco

I love this empusa shots :)
Great camouflage!
Wonderful composition and colors.
Very well done.
Thanks for sharing.
My best regards,


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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2006-09-08 7:37]

La meilleur des trois a mon avis, la couleur, la definition superbe, le format j'aurai prefere le vertical, comme cela il manque un peu d'air sur la partie superieure. Salut

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