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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: 2005-09-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/7.0
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mantodea: Mantis, Insects (Insecta) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-15 14:09
Viewed: 4746
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!
Today another picture from my archieve, this time from my 3rd trip to Romania in 2005 :>

This is a male of Mantis religiosa Linnaeus, 1758 (Mantodea: Mantidae) (in Polish: modliszka zwyczajna), probably the best known and also the biggest European species of mantis :>

It can be easy recognized because of black and white spots on 1st pair of legs :)

A lot of information about this species can be found in TN gallery, so there is no reason to provide them also here. In the other hand I think it is not a good idea to write a few words about Mantoda as a group :>

1. Number of species: ca. 2200 in 9 families

2. Higher diversity: in tropics

3. Mantodea in human culture:

- in China - one of the Kung Fu style is named after mantis - Tang Lang Quan

- in Africa - in Southern African mythology mantis is known as god in Khoi and San

- "everywhere" - the pose of hunting mantis suggests that this insect preys

Picture was taken during morning walk in Berca village, just next to the famous Muddy Volcanoes area. You can see part of this area here :>

If you are interested in other European Mantodea species, please feel free to watch some of them here and here. And moreover, please feel free to watch a "swinder" mantis - an insect which looks like combination of mantis and lacewing (here).

As always thank you for you time and visit!
Have a nice week!

rousettus, honza, Luis52, Heaven, goutham_ramesh, robgra, Alex99, red45, Dis. Ac., anabis, boreocypriensis, maurydv has marked this note useful
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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2009-03-15 14:13]

Beautiful picture my friend. Mantis is my favourite insect, in my country it is very rare. I like composition and sharp details very much.
Regards Jan

Hello Radomir
nice to your new post and becoming first visitor. many thanks for sharing this great macro-shot, with funny title, splendid colors and great sharp focus. POV, diagonal composition with dry branch and BG of blue sky great. nicely frames.
thank you very much also for visiting my last post and your kind words.
good evening my friend

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-03-15 14:45]

Hi Rado,if i'm looking for a perfection i hope to found this pic! Incredible quality,all is over the top of quality...and what say about your note? If my best compliments are enough...... ;-) Thanks a lot for your very professional work,have a nice week,Luciano

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-03-15 18:54]

Hola Radomir.
Excellent super macro. This mantis has a lovely diagonal pose, and his green color matches well with the blue sky.
Great work my friend.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-03-15 23:35]

Hi Radomir!

You present us this "killer" in a very pleasant and spectacular manner. The simplicity of the composition highlights the shape of this insect at best. The details are superb and thelighting is marvellous. The overall impression the picture generates is very pleasant. There's just a little problem in the sky and near the branch down on the right. Traces of postprocessing?

Kind regards


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-03-16 2:34]

Hi Radomir!
A beautiful and interesting photo.
Good catch some excellent colors.

In this picture, the mantis has a metallic sheen / glow and it adds to the picture, the exposure and colors is spot on. On the nit side , the picture is bit tightly framed ( but its my personal taste and need not be followed :-)
Good to see ur pictures and comment.
PS. I know that i have still not responded to ur request on the pics :-) sorry will do that once i get time.

Hi Radomir,
Perfect sharp capture of this big European mantis.
Our NZ species has a much larger head and thorax,and instead of the black and white spot,ours has a purple 'ear' on the front legs.
This one is more similar to the African mantis which is an alien invader here.
Soon I will post the two species together.

Czesc Radek
Świetne macro. Wspaniały okaz, robi wrazenie. Jeszcze modliszki nie spotkałem na swojej drodze, mam nadzieje ze to sie nie dlugo zmieni.
Pozdrawiam Robert.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-16 9:12]

Hello Radomir,
Great photo! Very beautiful clear colours and razor sharp! The contrast against the blue sky is amazing. Excellent composition and POV.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-03-16 9:46]

Hi Radomir.
What a clear, wonderful shot. Its composition as well as your POV are brilliant. Details of the nice mantis and so attractive twig are fantastic too. Superb, elegant shot. My congratulations. It is true masterpiece.

hello Radomir
super sharpness
great details with great colours
super composition
greeting lou

Hi Radomir,
it's a wonderful shot of this mantis, I love the pose and all the sharp details.
Excellent work, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-03-16 12:46]

Czesc Radek!

Znasz moje zdanie o modliszkach - Ble :-) Tu jednak ten oblesny owad wyszedl calkiem ladnie :-) Podoba mi sie kompozycja bez zbednych dodatkow w tle i zielono-niebieska kolorystyka. Jak zwykle interesujaca notka. Fajnie, ze masz troche czasu na wrzucanie kolejnych zdjec.

Witaj Radku
Piekny kadr po przekatnej! Bardzo ladne swiatlo. Modliszka ostra w cudownych odcieniach zieleni.
Gratuluje i pozdrawiam - Roma

Hi Radomir,

very good pov, dof and sharpness but that's usual by you.
Beautiful colours.

Salut Radomir,
Superba diagonala, claritate, culori compozitie - superbe.

Hi Radek, a fine macro capture of this mantis from a nice POV with sharp details and wonderful blue BG.
TFS and Greetings from Izmir!

Hello Radomir
a fantastic picture of Mantis religiosa taken from an excellent POV, the composition is simply wonderful, superb sharpness and brilliant colours.
Best regards

Ciao Radomir, terrific killer in great pose, wonderful mantis with fantastic details and splendid sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Radek,
A nice capture of this full grown mantis. Excellent composition with blue sky as background. Sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-05-16 5:37]

Hi Radomir,
excellent presentation of this mantis in a very graphic style. the effet is so beautiful with colours of green against the blue soft sky. Very effective indeed with the diagonal crossing of the branch.
well composed nd well thought presentation.


Hi Radomir. This is a real great work. Is perfect, in sharp and contrast. Amazing diagonal cut, too.


Hi Radomir
I should say everything about the pic is perfect. I like the sharpness and details and blue sky in the BG. Thanks for sharing,

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