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Iris oratoria

Iris oratoria
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Copyright: Nicolas Moulin (nimou) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D50 Digital SLR, Sigma 50 mm 2,8 EX Macro
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-15 8:57
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Points: 4
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Iris oratoria
Iris oratoria, also known by the common name Mediterranean Mantis or (less frequently) Iris mantis, is a very widespread species of praying mantis native to Europe and now found as an introduced species in the Middle East, Western Asia and the United States.
I. oratoria is very pale when young but matures to a mostly green color and grows to about 6.5 cm long. This species may be distinguished from Mantis religiosa and other mantids with which it shares a range and general size and shape by a very distinguishing red-orange spot on its ventral side on the fourth (second to last) abdominal segment; cerci are shorter than those of M. religiosa as well
This species is also distinctive in possessing two large violet-brown eyespots on its hind wings which are revealed when its wings are unfolded. Females have wings shorter than the abdomen

La mantis mediterránea (Iris oratoria) es una especie muy extendida de mántido originaria de Europa e introducida en hábitats de Oriente medio, Asia occidental y los Estados Unidos de América
Los especímenes de I. oratoria presentan una pigmentación pálida durante su juventud que evoluciona casi siempre hacia el verde, alcanzando cerca de 6,5 cm de longitud en su madurez. A pesar de su común morfología, se diferencia fácilmente de la especie Mantis religiosa y otros mántidos por presentar lunares característicos de color anaranjados en la parte inferior del cuarto segmento abdominal, así como dos extensos círculos de color violáceo sobre sus alas que aparecen visibles cuando se encuentran desplegadas. Sus cercos son más cortos que los de M. religiosa
Por su parte, las hembras de I. oratoria se reconocen por las proporciones de sus alas, más cortas que el abdomen.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2009-04-15 9:02]

Hello Nicolas,
you just caught the beautiful colours of the insect and also of the background.
It is a perfectly composed picture with respect to geometry, colours and light.
The focus is exactly on the face which is framed by a brown circle of the background.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-27 12:38]

Hi Nikolas.
I have missed your one of your rare shots here. It is simply amazing as your all shared shots. Great diagonal composition, superb eye-contact with this cute insect, fantastic colouration and smoothness of the BG. I like that you produce so ultimate close-ups with new equipment too. Well done and TFS. I hope and wish to watch more your superb shots.

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