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Phasmatodea Mating

Phasmatodea Mating
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Copyright: Angelina Deans (angybone) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1047 W: 14 N: 2372] (7684)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Olympus Zuiko 40-150 f3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Art of Procreation [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-08 14:36
Viewed: 5273
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was a difficult photo because it was an awkward location. Though the photo is not technically great, I want to share it based on its scientific merit.

We don't see these little critters too often so I wanted to share them.

From Wiki:
The Phasmatodea (sometimes called Phasmida) are an order of insects, whose members are variously known as stick insects (in Europe), walking sticks or stick-bugs (in the United States of America), phasmids, ghost insects and leaf insects (generally the family Phylliidae). The ordinal name is derived from the Greek "phasma" meaning an apparition or phantom, and refers to the resemblance of many species to sticks or leaves. Their natural camouflage can make them extremely difficult to spot

CeltickRanger, maurydv, flashpoint, eqshannon, Alex99, tuslaw, bobair, NinaM, matatur, oscarromulus, haraprasan, jaycee, peter_stoeckl, marhowie has marked this note useful
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hello Angelina

fine image of these 2 insects on the wall like spiders,
shot with fine POV, excellent sharpness and details, TFS

smileys tomorrow

Ciao Angelina,
splendida cattura di questi insetti stecco dalle grandi capacitÓ mimetiche, interessante documentazione con un ottimo POV, buona la definizione dei dettagli su questo BG neutro, belli e naturali i colori.

hi Angelina,
Interestingly capture of these strange insects taken in time of mating
well seen
best sERGIO

heheheheh..I love...so it's come down to this eh? Of course a rare shot...which is why I will add to Classic theme I created..it is one of a kind for TN unless someo9ne knows of another...Good show on that alone...and etc...

hello angelina,

nice capture of the mating insect, this species looks very interesting, i wonder how would have you spotted this?? the uniform bg suits the shot well, i liked the point of view and the composition very much,

thanks for sharing this image,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-08 18:55]

Hi Angelina.
They really are attractive pair of insects. I have never seen this species before. Composition and details f the picture are excellent. However, DOF is shallow a little bit but this is not a point. My best wishes and compliments. TFS.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-11-08 19:25]

Great shot Angelina,
Your right about them being scarce, I've only seen a few my whole life. I did see one a few years ago down in West Virginia, but I didn't have a camera at the time. I would love to be able to get a shot of one someday, but in the mean time I'll just have to settle on viewing this wonderful image. TFS.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-11-08 22:53]

We call them Stick insects, and thank you for sharing them with us.
There are so many arms and legs and bodies - good shot Angelina

Wooow - Angelina,
that's an amazing moment and I love this shot so much. They were sitting on a good place, nothing is disturbing and so we can see every detail. You can be lucky to find them - I also were lucky because I found to mantis in this pose ;-) Thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Angelina,
this is a most unusual and interesting photo of those twig like creatures and well worth your having uploaded to TN.To improve this photo all you need to do is is increase the f-stop value and up speed your your shutter speed by choosing a higher iso number for hand held shooting.The focus is only slightly soft and the colours as near as I can tell are spot on.A worthwhile photo to have shared with us and thank you Angelina,very much.


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-11-09 8:46]

A good idea to post this, they are rare insects and to catch male and female at once, it is quite interesting. It is unuasual and fascinating, thank you Angelina for this capture,


Ciao Angelina, splendid capture of thos strange maiting bugs, very difficut and well realizad with fantastic details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Well, also looks like quite a difficult accomplishment from the viewpoint of the two lovely individuals Angelina, all awkward legs and antennae! I'm sure this is a rare posting in TN. TFS this interesting image my friend.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-13 2:40]

I must have missed this one!
This is a great shot :-))
The detail is superb.
Brilliant composition.
Well exposed.
I used to have pet Stick Insects like these!

Well done Angy!


GREAT notes.
Even the image is unique.
The female will do her best to consume him so her young may survive.... what a world??? Myterious!!!
"VERY" fond regards from us both.
We are leaving on 22nd. & returning on 3rd. Dec.

Hi Angelina,
Wow! This is so interesting! I have never seen those insects in real and it must have been an impressive moment. You caught them in a good timing :) Your notes are much interesting and educative. Well seen and well done!

Hi Angelina,
A nice capture of these mating walking sticks. Superb details and a lovely composition even if it was not easy to shoot. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-11-15 10:17]

Hi Angy,

I missed this one and am delighted to discover it. Great shot of these strange creatures mating. I took a picture of one this summer and had no idea what it was until now. I wasn't even sure if it was an insect. Mine looks like the one on top. Can't tell you how much I appreciate this post!


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-17 21:30]

Hi Angelina,
Outstanding shot of these mating stick insects and a very interesting study about the male/female forms. Great shot and I understand difficult it must have been to have a good focus. Lovely soft colours and fine illumination. Very nicely composed.

* So nice to see you back after such a long break. Hope everything is fine there and you are finding time to click.

Hello Angelina

Interesting !
Two twigs mating LOL.
The detail is very good.
Excellent POV.


Dear Angelina,
having been absent from TN for several months, I am trying to catch up a little bit of what I have missed: A stunning documentation coming from you, showing the walking sticks' mating behavior in a very precise way in great details in spite of low light conditions. Interesting to watch the male's gripping of the female's abdomen. Beautiful gentle and soft colours. I like the matter-of-fact presentation that does offer a good deal of aethetic pleasure, too.
Thank you! With best regards,

Hello Angelina.

Excellent macro, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

Hi Angelina,
Cool mating shot, I've never seen them "performing" in our garden ;)
I think you've done a great job of it..
These guys/gals are a nightmare to photograph together I'm sure..
Well done & TFS,

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