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Alien Invader

Alien Invader
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ-2-S
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-17 0:45
Viewed: 7288
Points: 8
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African Praying Mantis
Miomantis caffra

New Zealand Praying Mantis
Orthodera novaevealandiae

Yesterday I posted a photo of the New Zealand Praying Mantis, and touched briefly on the threat posed to our native species by the introduced South African Mantis.

Although the South African Mantis is sometimes smaller in bulk,it is a far more aggressive species.
The females quite readily eat the male after mating,which the New Zealand species do not.
Also,the South African Mantis can survive through the winter months,which the New Zealand ones rarely do.

Here we see a South African Mantis which has found a female of the New Zealand species.
How much of a threat to the native species the African Mantis poses is unclear as yet,but it is known that many New Zealand species are very vulnerable to competition or predation as many have evolved largely unchallenged until recent times.
The extent of the threat to our native mantis may not become known for many years to come.

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Excellent moment captured!
Good colors with the full scale of greens ;)


Hello Steve
Perfect moment to shoot,
Great focusing,lighting and BG,Welldone.


  • Great 
  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-10-17 12:41]

Yes, your words are tight - I think we are going to lose our native mantids to these SA invaders. We have quite a few up here now.
Good pic Steve showing the 2 different sexes and breeds. Thank you

A lovely shot you've done well with that background.
Shows the pair off wonderfully...
Well taken...

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