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bee eater but not fly

bee eater but not fly
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Copyright: ridvan iron (ridvan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-04
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mantodea: Mantis [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-07 10:37
Viewed: 2992
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Cone head mantis:
Empusid mantis - Empusa pennata – Empuse
Empusa was a specter (a ghost-like spirit) in ancient Greek mythology.

Empusid mantises live with the head below (like on this pic).

Empusid mantises catch prey with considerable ease and lightning speed.
Young ones have a curved abdomen (see pic).
Males have larges antennas.
Females at night display a calling behavior (abdominal bending - pheromone release), which ends abruptly at lights on. This behavior starts at 30 days of age, disappeared in mated females, but reappeared two weeks later.
The females do not kill their mates when pairing.

thanks to Nephrotome2/( jeanmarie)for ID

jaycee, cicindela, hansh, kokos101, iris, nainnain, Maite, Alex99, izler, SkyF, oscarromulus, rousettus has marked this note useful
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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-07 10:55]

Hi Ridvan,

Another wonderful collage! Nice to see the mantis from so many angles. Each picture is crystal clear and excellent.


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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2007-05-07 12:15]

Hello Ridvan.
Again a nice compilation you show us. All pictures are beautiful and each of them tells the story.
Very well done and tfs
Gr. Hans

hi ridvan!
wonderful collage, excellent.
i like it.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-05-07 14:27]

Selam Ridvan, what a great collage.. The collors and deatails are fantastic, very good POV and composition..congrats

Nice serie of shot.

Nota : you used my text but you should remove the 2 last paragraphs as they do not apply here:
- The prey is a bee in your picture (not a fly)
- Yours is a grown-up (not a young one)


Merhaba Rivdan, splendid serie of macro with wonderful colors, lovely composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-05-07 20:00]

Very intresting collage Ridvan.It must not be easy to keep moving around in that fashion to get a look from every angle possible.Congratulations.Well Done.
TFS & Cheers

Hello Ridvan!
Another interesting composition! I will try to send you ID of this mantid species soon :)
Very nice DOF, interesting POVs and beauty colours. I like also a note :)
Greetings from Lodz,

Intéressants instantanés très didactiques.
Bonne journée.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-05-08 4:09]

Ridvan, You have very nicely put up the collage. Very well defined note and everything about the picture is very good. TFS Ganesh

bien vu ce montage, tres interressant, bonne note explicatif
bien a toi

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-05-08 8:25]

Hi Ridvan. Very well done with this collage. all the detail and colour are very good. well done.TFs. Nick.. PT

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-05-08 10:35]

Wow!! Amazing!
I had never seen a manits like that! She seems to be saying "Look at me and see how I eat it!"
Excellent eye-contact and wonderful composition!
Congratulations once more, dear Ridvan.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-09 14:18]

Hi Ridvan.
Once more your amazing collage. I like it very much. I am impressed with clearness and transparency of every shot, excellent their sharpness and details, interesting pictured scenes. Superb done and TFS.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-05-09 17:20]

merhaba ridvan
bu muhtesem avciyi is basinda iken farkli acilardan iyi bir kolaj ile bizlerle paylamissin
kompozisyonu, bakis acisi, detaylari ve bilgilendirici notu ile basarili bir yakin cekim sunmussun
eline saglik

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-05-10 8:17]

Hello Ridvan,
this sequence of shots is fabulous. Amazing details and it is very interesting watching this mantis with its prey. Very well done, the details are sharp and very clear.

Selam Aleykum, Ridvan,
One of the best collages I've seen in a long time.
All images are of EXCELLENT quality. Great clarity.
Beautiful & comprehensive notes. Everything done with a lot of taste and CLASS. Best regards,
P.S. "The world is but one country and mankind its citizens".

Merhaba Rıdvan Bey,
usta avcının av sahnelerini oldukça güzel görüntülemiş; güzel ve başarı bir sunumda vermişsin. çekim açısı, detaylar çok güzel notlar da oldukça güzel. eline sağlık, selamlar. Ahmet

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