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Praying Mantis & Ootheca

Praying Mantis & Ootheca
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 5D Mark11
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-02 17:24
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I found this female Chiese Mantid clinging to a soybean stem that had an Ootheca (Oval Egg Sack) attached to it.

I at first thought that it must have just secreated it, but then I noticed that it's abdomen was still very large. I'm sure this egg sack was from another individual and this female just happened to be passing by.

I have only once in my life watched as a mantis actually produced one of these cocoons. It was if she was secreting a type of foam from her rear end which was very sticky to the touch.

Each cocoon is very durable and will hold from 150 to 300 individual eggs. The egg sacks survive the harshest of winters, only to hatch hundreds of tiny mantids in the spring.

I remember as a young boy collecting about a dozen of these cocoons and storing them in the furnace room of our home. About mid spring I vividly recall my mom hollering to the top of her lungs..RONNIE LYNN WARNER!!!!!! I new this wasn't a good sign, especially when she used my full name in a screaming voice.

I ran into the house expecting the worst, and I wasn't disappointed. Apparently my cocoons had decided to all hatch at once, as there was about a thousand extremely tiny mantis all over the walls.

I quickly tried to save as many as I could before my mom sent them to mantis heaven. I never stored them in the furnace room again!!

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Hi Ron,
very interesting specie. Excellent point of view and very good sharpness.
Have a nice week,

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-10-02 22:16]

Bonjour Ron
Belle composition aux jolies couleurs. Sujet très intéresssant
Excellente netteté

Ronnie Lynn Warner ...you did it again ...!!!;);)Good day to you! What a spectacular capture with a real educational value we have here from you!!! Brilliant warm light,superb depth and awesome clarity with the focal length of 160mm....what kind of lens has been used, Ron? The f/5 truly created a magic in this case ..and what a story you've shared with us...just reminds me of a similar one, where I brought a strange feather ball once, at home and later that ball became a source of real drama after turned in several thousand baby spiders ...raining spiders to be exact .... not a poisonous species, but can grow in size of a dinner plate ... and all this at home ;) ..anywhere, Ron your mantis today is the star of the show, in my opinion ..thank you for your kind comments as well and take care..
George Veltchev

Ciao Ron, interesting macro with mantis and oval egg sack, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Ron
Excellent photo and interesting note!

Hello Ron,
An excellent captured of this moment, very good details sharpness, great eye-contact:), beautiful colours against out of focus background, very well seen and nicely done,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice week,
Best Regards,

Hi Ron, Wow what a impressive capture of this fine moment my friend, i think your note is very interesting and at the same time very funny!, superb sharpness with amazing detail, very nice pose and good eye contact, impressive exposure control and lovely colour saturation, Delightful picture indeed here Ron and very well done,
Best Regards,


Hello Ron,
Great photo of this Mantis with a very interesting story. Fantastic sharpness, details, DOF, POV and pose with eye contact. Very beautiful colours, also in the background.

Hello Ron,
What can a say....splendid capture of another interesting species.
A very nice insect with lovely natural colors.
Exceptional clarity and sharpness. Outstanding moment.....
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Ron
Beautiful photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

Ciao Ron. Good POV and beautiful natural colours. Amazing light.


hello Ron
very nice picture to show this on TN
the details and sharpness are very good
great shot
thanks greeting lou

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-10-03 8:21]

Very good image of this praying mantis, fine composition. tfs.

Interesting photo with excellent detail and nice background. regards yiannis

Hello Ron,
Fantastic capture taken with nice colours, excellent sharpness and details. Composition and POV are also great. Well done!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-03 13:11]

Hello Ron.
An exceptional photo of this mantis.The colours and lighting are remarkable.Very well focused with very good POV and DOF.The details are razor sharp.Best regards Siggi

A most fascinating story Ron. And I have to say that contrast and pose makes this one of the best mantis shots I have ever seen.

Hi Ron,

Glad I read your notes as I glanced at the photo, I also concluded that this female was still gravid and probably did not create this ootheca. Did you realize that the female MUST east the head of the male during mating BEFORE she can develop eggs (to deposit in the frothy mass)? I too experience a similar encounter with hundreds of babies on our kitchen ceiling as I came home from work one day!! My wife was not a happy camper! Very nice shot ... the mantid is a peculiar color ... must have experienced some cold temperatures.

Have a good one,


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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-10-04 9:37]

Hello Ron,
wonderful image of this beauty in a fantastic position!
Great detail and sharpness; splendid natural colours. Excellent contrast with the background and POV.
Very well done!
Thanks for sharing

Hello Ron!
Awesome!... Great shot!... Very well maneged POV, light and DOF, and a very documental scene!... Well done!

Hi Ron,
Great Mantis! You captured it with wonderful eye contact and sharpness. I would suppose this is a transplanted mantid, it being Chinese? I loved your story about your mom. I used to do the same thing with Caterpillers and moths. Excellant image and a wonderful species.

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-10-04 20:19]

Hello Ron!
A wonderful capture, really very nice with excellent sharpness and great control of lightness.The BG is fabulous! A first class pic, indeed! Bravo!Thanks also for your interesting and instructives notes.
Best regards from,

PS: thanks for visiting my gallery! I appreciated it!

Hi Ron

Brillliant shot. Perfect pose and colors.
I'm wondering. The ootheque doesn't look finished. Like the top part should still be produced. It might be the mother after all. Having a break because she was disturbed.
Second note: I love the color of that one. In my place they are all green. Seldom light brown. But darker brown with green I've never seen. Lovely.
Best regards

Hallo Ron,
a very beautiful interesting capture of this mantis, very good sharpness and marvellous natural colours, excellent point of view and vertical composition
Best regards

Ron, this is a great shot of this mantis. Excellent sharpness and detail. Have a great day, Bill

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