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Praying Mantis

Praying 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: 2006-03-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro
Exposure: f/16, 1/4 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insects around the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-04 2:44
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Praying Mantis

I wasn't sure if this is the NZ Praying Mantis Orthodera Novaezealandiae, or the import from South Africa, which is steadily eating our NZ mantids and becoming unwelcome pests in NZ.

But now Mike Smith / Stretch has told me it is the South African import Miomantis caffra. The NZ species has the distinctive blue 'eye' spots on the inside of its fore legs, and judging from the swollen abdomen he thinks it is probably a female. Thanks Mike...

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. They have a long prothorax and strong, spiny front legs held together in a praying manner, hence the name, “Praying Mantis”.

Praying mantises are about ¼ -12 inches according to the 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 colours 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. Praying mantids are the only insect that turns its head from side to side in a full 180-degree angle. Their eyes are sensitive to the slightest movement up to 60 feet away. They have straight, leathery forewings and very powerful jaws used for devouring its prey.


TAZ, loot, reina, Luc, taba, hummingbird24, peter_stoeckl, ramthakur, glazzaro, dew77, magiqa, Signal-Womb, coasties, liquidsunshine, PDP, Eko, Jannie, septama has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To fchede: Thank youJanice 1 04-28 17:28
To loot: Good joke!Janice 4 03-05 01:37
To Stretch: Changed my notesJanice 1 03-04 22:03
To Stretch: Thanks MikeJanice 1 03-04 05:58
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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-03-04 3:03]

Wooow ! What a wonderful and interesting "Mante" that you have very well captured ! Its body is smaller than our species in France... I like how she looks at you ;-) Congratulations Janice and thanks for sharing this beauty.

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2006-03-04 3:33]

Hi Janice, what a joyfull creature!. Well done, thanks for sharing all this information about the Mantis its sharp clear. Good weekend Reina

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-03-04 4:05]

Tout simplement superbe.
Je n'ais pas encore vu de créatures semblables ici bien que je sache qu'il y en a.
Une excellente photo, Janice.
Merci beaucoup mon amie.
Un bon dimanche à toi!

wauw, fantastic macro,Janice,
a well taken shot good in pov, nice composition, an exelent job.
gr. jaap

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  • TPAKT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 97 W: 21 N: 20] (89)
  • [2006-03-04 5:27]

In Russian he refers to - (Áîãîìîë\Bogomol).
1\4, and details are very good. As if conducts an orchestra. Very beautiful picture. A correct composition

Hi Janice, assuming you haven't discovered a new species :D this is the South African import Miomantis caffra, the NZ species has the distinctive blue 'eye' spots on the inside of its fore legs, judging from the swollen abdomen it is probably a female. TFS

Excleent photo, cleare and good seen details.

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2006-03-04 6:46]

Hi Janice
I liked the position the mantis, It seems to me that it is posing for you, Good DOF and POV and sharpness, exellent colour cast,
well done, TFS,

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  • pat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 0 N: 125] (414)
  • [2006-03-04 6:50]

Wonderful shot, so crisp sharpness, lovely composition, nice colours. She seems to walk on crutches, and giving you a big smile while pouting her red lips :-)
Thanks Janice, for sharing these beauties with us,

Hello Janice,

You have captured this beauty very well, and I especially like the wonderful pose and great eye contact.

I haven't seen one of these for the better part of...well never mind that, it has been a long time :-D

Excellent details, colors, pov, exposure.

Superb work, thank you for sharing it with us!

BTW, did you establish that this was a female?

Have a lovely weekend!

Hi Janice,
excellent picture of that cunning looking mantis,
obviously trying to get away without losing its face.
Colours and details are perfect, and the composition is outstanding.
The mantis is taking the whole available diagonal space with a pose as elegant as that of a ballett dancer.
Just great! Thank you, and best wishes,

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-03-04 8:27]


Belle prise Janice,j'aime bien l'hamonie des couleurs entre l'insecte et l'environnement. Félicitations pour les détails et la pose de l'insecte qui nous regarde.

Merci pour l'envoie!


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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-03-04 10:09]

Hello Janice , What a beautiful macro photo from this beast ,good sharpnes compositie
colour pov and dof ,very good ,nice weekend Teunie .

Sharp and clear details that match up well with your detailed description of various species of this creature.

Nice shot, good form and detail, well exposed too!


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-03-04 12:23]

Hello Janice!
Excellent macro.Details are razorsharp and crisp clear.
Exposure is spot on.POV,colors,framing and pose of mantis
are wonderful.Have a nice weekend,TFS....:-)

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-03-04 14:15]

Hi Janice,
What a great eyes contact!;-))
This is superb macro shot, very sharp details,
great pose and well composed.
Thanks for sharing!

Excellent capture of this insect predator, the POV is absolutely awesome Janice, Well done. :)

Cute face and excellent picture of this creature, Janice!

Hello Janice, excellent macro capture of this marvel. Great details and effective DOF. This is great very well done.

Dear Janice,
This is indeed a beautiful shot. That praying mantice knew you were taking her in picture right? She definitely looks like she is posing. You aced the macro on this one, it is beautiful.
Bravo ma chère!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-03-04 22:07]

A very sharp shot of this praying mantis, Janice.
Beautiful POV: We don't get to see a full view like this so clearly.
I love the way he is looking at us. TFS. : )

Hi Janice

Wow.... impressive. Well done on a top shot! Congrats!

Excellent capture Janice,
Good detail, colours and sharpness.
Composition and exposure are good. Good POV, pose and framing.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-03-07 15:07]

Hi Janice, very nice shot! I love the pose and you've done great on the details. Nice work.

Wow! you are getting good at those macro shots. It's perfect!

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-03-08 18:20]

Hi Janice.
Wonderful macro, excellent color and details, great composition, the mantis is fantastic.

Thanks and I wait more photos, tips, comment and critique of you.

Saludos desde MEXICO...RICARDO.

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  • Eko Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 187 W: 10 N: 38] (121)
  • [2006-03-09 5:35]

Hello Janice!
Wonderful close up.POV,sharpness,details and eye contact is
perfect.Thanks for posting.

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  • Jannie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 6 N: 264] (1227)
  • [2006-03-25 15:49]

Excellent pose and POV. Very good details and perfect DOF.

Great work

What a spectacular pose and shot of this creature. Looks like she's posing just for you. Such interesting creatures I have them here in my yard and find them sometimes, although they're only about 3 inches across at the most. Very nice capture, the greens are so lovely the dark leaves highlighting her coloring well.

Dear Janice, fantastic capture. Soon I will be posting a photo of one of this guys from Brazil...I think they are around the world! Fantastic animal, they are poisoness but can easily defeat dangerous preys like poison spiders. Beautiful capture.

hello Janice,
Beautiful posting, the mantis looks like that is doing a karate movement. very well composed, nice Bg and details, only a bit brilliant in some parts.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-20 22:17]
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Kia Ora Janice
Well, if we can't beat you at rugby we have to try some other ways... (Bad joke.)
She seems to be very aware of you and your camera and gave you a great pose. What is it with women and a camera?
This is a lovely photo on all counts. I.e. composition, POV, exposure, DOF, and absolute perfect details. The colour is amazing and adds to the overall impact created by the shot.
Great work and TFS.
PS. I've been looking at some old critiques and found for some strange reason this one had no smiley attached to is so here it is, nine months late, but delivered at the correct address.

Hello Janice.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.
Very good details.

Jose Luis.

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