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Unwelcome Mantis

Unwelcome Mantis
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D
Exposure: f/8, 1/40 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !"Preying"..., portfolio of a killer [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-25 4:07
Viewed: 4734
Points: 28
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Praying Mantis

At the moment we have an influx of Praying Mantises in the garden, but I don't think this is the NZ Praying Mantis Orthodera Novaezealandiae, it is more likely to be the import from South Africa, which is steadily eating our NZ mantids and becoming unwelcome pests in NZ.

If you think you can some waterdrops on the mantis - you are right. It is a long story, and I won't bore you with it, but he does dry out!

What is a Praying Mantis?.

The praying mantids, or praying mantises, are carnivorous insects that belong to the family - Mantidae. There are about 2,000 species of mantids.

Praying mantises are about ¼ -12 inches according to species. Their colours vary, ranging from light greens to pinks. Most mantids are pea green or brown. The tropical flower mantises, which resemble flowers, are usually light colors such as pink. Flower mantises, from Africa or the Far East, so closely resemble flowers that insects will often land on them to get nectar.

Camouflage is very important for the praying mantis' survival. Because they have so many enemies such as birds, they must blend in with their habitat to avoid being eaten. They have a triangular-shaped head with a large compound eye on each side.


This was taken with Pam's lens that she has lent me for a while. Thanks Pam. It took many shots to get this one, the clearest one of the batch. These Macro lens can certainly be rather frustrating at times. But fun (sometimes)!

dew77, puffy, red45, coasties, Comandante, liquidsunshine, Luc, TAZ, marhowie, magiqa, Shoot_Score has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Shoot_Score: What a life!!!Janice 1 02-27 21:24
To magiqa: Not a grasshopperJanice 1 06-01 19:37
To red45: Better than spidersJanice 2 05-25 05:05
To puffy: Thanks SweetyJanice 1 05-25 04:53
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-25 4:13]

Hello Janice!
Wonderfrul praying mantis close up!Colors,DOF,BG and composition are perfect.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-05-25 4:28]
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Janice!!!! Excellent shot, great macro... Nice details, sharpness, DOF and colours! Very well composed too. Well done, thanks for sharing

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-05-25 4:30]
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Believe me or not Janice, but I've never seen Mantis in my life in nature. I like insects [and spiders] but not Mantises. I don't know why. They're so 'cruel' and 'alien' that scary me in some way. Picture is great but subject not, really ;-)))

Good work Janice. Aliens have landed!! Excellent details. Well done!

Very nice shot Janice!
Lighting,BG,framing and compositon are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-05-25 13:44]

Great capture Janice. Very interesting but beautiful point of view. Nice details, excellent colours and fine background.
Very well done.

Great close up Janice,
DOF is spot on, and the colours are fantastic.
Good POV, the details are nice and sharp.
Thanks for posting

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-05-25 21:55]

Hello Janice.
Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing this Mantis.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-26 3:39]

Belle et intéressante composition macro-photographique pour cette mante. Jolies couleurs, bon point de vue mais manque un peu de netteté...
Beautiful & interesting.

Nice macro Janice, Good details, nice OOF BG and an unusual POV. Great note also..I like it and well done!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-05-27 17:01]

Janice, great colors and composition.

I guess I wouldn't get a reasonable picture by using only 1/40.

A great shot.


Very good picture and very interesting note! Is a mantid a kind of grasshopper?

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  • edji Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 83 W: 8 N: 22] (426)
  • [2005-06-14 9:20]

Beautiful! Sharpness is great.

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  • cam Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 85 W: 0 N: 78] (360)
  • [2005-06-16 22:34]

Hello Janice.
What a portfolio you have.
Why do I choose the praying mantis?
Because this is an insect that fascinate me,surely not for its lovemaking,but for its architecture,and maybe its reputation.
This is also a very good photo,very enjoyable to look at and lots of details.
Well done


"A male mantis approaches a female, flapping his wings and swaying his abdomen. Leaping on her back, he begins to mate. And quite often, she tears off his head. The female mantis devours the head of the still-mating male and then moves on to the rest of his body. [...] If you put a pair together and come back later, you’ll just find the wings of the male and no other evidence he was ever there [...]" William Brown, Evolutionary biologist, SUNY.

So it's not just a NZ mantis falling prey to a SA mantis...
They are cannibals to start with...

Amazing PoV, and I esp. like that black centre on the eye! Tfs, Jay

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