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Cone head Mantis

Cone head Mantis
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Copyright: Mehmet Karababa (caspian) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 272 W: 0 N: 387] (1342)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-18
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/4, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-18 13:08
Viewed: 4705
Points: 50
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Empusa pennata (Cone head Mantis) [in Turk. Peygamberdevesi]

This species of mantis, although similar in size to the common European Praying mantis (Mantis religiosa), is easily distinguished by the protrusion from its crown. Both male and females, even from first hatching carry this tall extension giving them a very alien appearance. They live in areas that are warm and dry and use their cryptic colouring of either greens and pinks or various shades of brown to keep them hidden from predators. The female may grow to a length of 10cm while the male is shorter and slimmer. The male has distinctive 'feather' type antennae as shown on the image above.

They live and hide within rough grass and annual flowering plants from which they hunt small insects. As with other forms of mantis most food is gathered in a very patient manner. Poised by a flower, using their colours for camouflage, they use four legs to hold the position whilst the front legs are held up and folded. They swivel their heads and use binocular vision to locate small flying insects and then grab it from the air impaling it onto the serrations of the forelimbs so that it cannot escape. Eating the head and neck first is a way to ensure that the prey does not struggle.


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  • lilito (51)
  • [2010-04-18 13:13]

Très jolie spécimen!
Bon cadrage et illumination. Peut être il manque un peu de saturation?
Amicalement, Lily

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-04-18 13:36]

WAAW!!What a wonderful beauty of nature.I never seen nothing like that before,you was lucly to meet this incredible specie of Mantis,and you was great to take that so perfectly! The best way to make discover us this beauty.Very very great contribution for TN,have a nice week and thanks a lot.Luciano.

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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2010-04-18 13:38]

Renklisini ilk kez görüyorum, çok güzel emeğinize sağlık Mehmet bey. Detaylar ve poz göz alıcı, şık bir foto tebrikler..

Merhaba Mehmet, fantastic mantis with amazing colors, wonderful blurry BG, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

hem kamuflaj hem av ustasının çok güzel bir yakın çekimi. netlik, bakış açısı ve kadraj seçimi çok güzel. elinize sağlık Mehmet Bey. iyi geceler, selamlar.

Mehmet dostum! Catherine ile birlikte Bergama'da bolca çekimini aldık bu Empusa'nın. Sanırım Caterine bugünlklerde yükler. Ben de Extension tüplü çekimler aldım. Zaman bulursam baş detayını yüklemeye çalışırım. Eline sağlık dostum. Pek güzel olmuş. Selamlar.
İyi bir hafta dileklerimle...

Not: Örtzen kertenkelesinin sadece kayalıklarda yaşadığına dair düşünceni umarım değiştirmişimdir:)

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-04-18 22:11]

Hello Mehmet
Excellent macro capture of my favorite insect. I like composition, details and colors
Thanks for sharing


Harika bir makro Mehmet bey.
Elinize sağlık.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-04-19 9:44]

Hello Mehmet,
Superb composition. Excellent POV, DOF and sharpness. Very good light and well-saturated colours.
Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-04-19 11:29]

Hello Mehmet,
Beautiful photo of this wonderful creature. Very nice colours and good sharpness. Maybe a bit more contrast is possible. Excellent composition.

Hello Mehmet,
Wonderful capture. The details are good and the colours too.
I think it is a little overexposed but the beauty of the insect is amazing.

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2010-04-20 15:39]

The shape and colour of this mantis are amazing.
Pretty color combination and successful point of view.
Greetings and TFS.

Hallo Mehmet
This is a great image of a colourful mantis, with the most fascinating features, especially the most interesting shaped antennas. The Peygamberdevesi looks like one of the creatures featured in a Sci-Fi movie and it one of those things one can easily refer to as being so ugly it is actually beautiful. The colours in the image as a whole compliment each other so well and I really fancy the orange coloured leaves in the background. Thanks for sharing this delightful macro. Best regards.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-04-21 6:01]

Hello Mehmet,
This mantis is out of this world and you must have been very observant to find it! I like your point of view and the fine details and colours. A little bright but that could easily be adjusted.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Hello Mehmet,

WOW!!! What an impressing mantis! Empusae are alot less violent than their cousin the Praying mantis: the male won't be eaten by the female after the copulation.

This insect (and your picture) is fascinating!!! Different parts of the bodies act like flowers/leaves and the antennas looks like seeds!!! Really, really amazing!!! The only thing maybe is the presence of the leaves behind the head which are a little bit distracting...

Great job, Mehmet and TFS!!!


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2010-04-21 22:08]

Merhaba Mehmet bey
Özel bir dikkat kesilmedikten sonra doğada zor farkedilen bu canlıyı çok güzel fotoğraflamışsınız, tebrik ederim.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-04-22 3:45]

Salam Mehmet,
i have never seen this type of mantis before. such a unique and strange creature to me. You have detailed it very well.
Thanks for sharing something new to me.


Hello Mehmet,
This extraordinary picture of yourself, good POV, contrast and sharpness.
compliments and thanks for sharing
Hello Vanni

Selamlar mehmet bey,
çok şirin bir kare olmuş,
bu türü ilk kez görüyorum.

Merhaba Mehmet,
this mantis is one of the most interesting insects I've ever seen. Wow, look at the horns, and the colours ...
You captured it so perfect, sharpness, light, colours, realy wonderful, we can see every detail very well. Thanks, I love it.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Merhaba Mehmet,
a very beautiful macro shot of Empusa pennata taken from an excellent POV with very good sharpness and splendid colours, nice composition with a perfect mimicry of this marvellous insect.
Best regards

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2010-06-17 23:28]

Merhaba Mehmet,

this is a great shot of a perfectly camouflaged Empusa larva. You made sure that all the fine details on he head and forelegs as well as the subtle colors are visible. Well done, Mehmet.


WOW! This is the strangest mantis i have ever seen! Beautiful!! And you captured it in stunning detail! Especially the face/head! Thank you so much for sharing this new mantis species with me!


Hi Mehmet,
An impressive and well captured close up of this mantis.Great exposure has shown some unique patterns and its colouration.A really stunning image well presented and within its natural surroundings.

Simplemente impresionante Mehmet; los que hemos intentado fotografiar a esta especie sabemos de la dificultad que entraña. Muy buen resultado.
Un saludo: Josep Ignasi.

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