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Blepharopsis mendica 3

Blepharopsis mendica 3
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-10-01
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-10-04 4:56
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Blepharopsis mendica (Fabricius 1775). Nymph.
Devil's Flower Mantis, Egyptian Flower Mantis, Thistle Mantis, Arab Mantis

Blepharopsis mendica is a species of praying mantis in the family Empusidae (Order Dictyoptera, Suborder Mantodea )
It is found in the Middle East, north Africa, and the Canary Islands

In Cyprus Blepharopsis mendica is a rare species found only at the lowlands.

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2013-10-04 5:03]

Hi Christodoulos
Great picture of this mantis
Great sharpness and good BG


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-10-04 5:09]

Hello Christodoulos,
This is a devil's flower Mantis, what a special name. In fact this creature has something a litlle bit diabolic :-). Excellent approach, best composition, beautiful colours. Perfect again!
Kind regards

Ciao Christodoulos, great macro of Amazing mantis, fine detauils, wonderful natural colors, superb sharpness and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Mr.Christodoulos,
It looks like a prehistoric animal!Very well macro.Like this Mantis details and sharpness against such beautiful BG.
Outstanding work!
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-10-04 6:09]

Excellent image...very striking pose full of details and color...amazing mantis species.. tfs.

I have no reservations in declaring with utter delight that this is perhaps the best Mantis picture I have seen in my life, Chris.
The species and specimen is the kind one doesn't see every day. Most of the Mantis I have seen here or shot myself are generally green in colour, but this one has a different colouring altogether. Resemblance to vegetation is a well accepted norm for this creature for purely camouflage purposes, but this one you have showcased for us has a unique character of its own. I see a degree of haughty arrogance in its posture, not to mention some of its features like those horn-like antennae and those thorn-like projections on its abdomen. That it is a predator and a killer is also clearly manifest in its arsenal of strong limbs.
Technically, pictures like this are truly the zenith of professionalism and deserve a place among the best in the world in this genre of nature photography.
Hats off to you again, my friend!

Hello Christodoulos,
照的清晰 也照的很漂亮
这东西很难照 很容易部分失焦
你照的很成功 光线明亮 花朵漂亮
构图美丽 背景好看

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-10-04 9:53]

Hello Christodoulos,
Very nice close up.Details are crisp clear and razorsharp.POV,colors,contrast and composition are wonderful.Excellent work! Regards Siggi

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-10-04 10:09]

Giasou Christodoulos,
Excellent macro ..
Excellent details, nice natural colors, beautiful composition and POV.
Best wishes,

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2013-10-04 10:29]

another marvel here Chiristo .. pose, expo and colour rendering are flawless as usual .. great sharpness and clarity too well done mate

nuri :)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-10-04 10:54]

Hi Chris,the pic of the day on TN,no doubts! Absolutely fantastic this manthis nymph,the best quality,sharpness and colors,the eye details are incredibles!! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Christodoulos,
An outstanding catch,remarkable sharpness,clarity and colours,best PoV,perfectly balanced composition.TFS.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2013-10-04 13:31]

most beautiful and strange by he same dear Christodoulos

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-10-04 13:36]

Hello Christodoulos,
Taken from a perfect POV. The pose is superb impressive. Splendid colours and fantastic sharpness. Beautiful matching background. High quality!
Enjoy the weekend,

Hi Christodoulos,
Fantastic photo with awesome sharpness, DoF and most of all composition. The details are awesome on both the insect and the greenery. I'm amazed by the clarity also - overall a professional macro, something a lot to learn from. Hats off of you.
Best regards, László

a dream...great subject!!

impressive mantis, greetings ori

Kalimera Christodoule
A superb image, very nice pose, excellent detail, good to see this interesting species
regards yiannis

γεια σου, Christodoulos
you've done a magnificently wearing this beast unknown to me
She has a special allure
Thank you for this discovery

θαυμάσια φωτογραφία, η πόζα που σου χάρισε, συνέχεια απόλαυσης!
καλημέρα σου!

What a fascinating insect, well presented within its environment. Magnificent macro (? no lens indicated), blurred background and lighting showing off all the details. Maybe a slightly different angle of view would have prevented the animal looking it is standing on only 3 legs.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-10-05 3:41]

Hi Christodoulos,
Another great macro image. Amazing colors and sharpness details.
Excellent blurred background.
Have a good weekend
Regards Jiri.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-10-05 3:50]

Hello Christodoulos
such a wonderful capture. The insect itself is so pretty and special. With the composition enhancing the the view, this makes the presentation so attractive and awesome.
Very exciting indeed.


hallo christodoulos
this is super good
i like this composition with beautiful colours and great details
thanks greeting lou

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-10-06 14:09]

Great and amaizing picture of this mantis! Sharpness, light and super details to enjoy it. Congratulation. Saludos.

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-10-07 4:47]

Hello Christodoulos,
excellent mantis,excellent capture,regards..

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