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Stings and Prayers

Stings and Prayers
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D50, SIGMA 28-70mm 1:2.8-4 DG
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-22 5:17
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We all know a yellow jacket eh? Well this one was too busy messing with the flora's to let me bother him, so I took a grab shot for my database, then scooted off as though I didn't care and was busy doing something else...I really abhor stings. On the other hand, after scooting down to the local market, I watched a young man reach down to grab a newspaper which advertises cars and such. He dropped it quickly and yelled...but it was only a praying mantis...so we picked it back up and look together.

Although the mantis is a well known predator, he was too busy reading this magazine obviously, to pay attention to a wasp. They are know to have a voracious appetite and will even eat small rodents and birds so I've heard. and if they are quick enough and hide well, they will certainly eat a wasp. I have see such on You Tube....Click Here for Example

And so this short story ends with a somewhat clouded but happy ending...The wasp flew on. His life cycle is nearing completion and he knows it. The mantis? I left him reading his advertiser paper. Perhaps I will see him in a new Ferrari some day. Imagine that. All a drop of water in an ocean of nature, this particular moment of one day...

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-08-22 5:22]

Hi Bob!

He, he, great story :-) But you know what? Mantis big enough to drive Ferrari is FAR too much for me :-) I have mantisophobia :-) Anyway, great post, both pictures and note are very interesting and entertaining!

hello bob,
nice compilation of two shots with a interesting story,

first a bee playing its role in maintaining the ecological balance which is very important in the process of polination and second a mantis reading advertisement and probably looking forward to buy a new car for soon:-),

well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Bob
Great collage of these yellow jacket and mantis,
Perfect composition and detials,


Too cute! ha ha I love it. :)

Great shots...two very good ones. :)
Great bold colors - a happy feeling.

Hi Bob,
Two most wonderful clear images with lovely details in one frame with great clarity, sharpness and very beautiful colors.
One great story you wrote as note, and my day can't be broken anymore.
Excellent in every way.
Maybe someday we will meet eachother, both in a brand new red Ferrari :)
Thanks for sharing. A real joy to look at and read.

Original shots Bob!
I never see a Mantis reading...je je.
Que pases un buen día amigo. JL.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-08-22 6:47]

Hi Bob,
a great collage.
Praying Mantis: Sharp with a great POV that clearly shows its grasping hands. Good DOF and composition.
Yellow Jacket: Beautiful colours from the flowers that contrasts well with the vivid colours of the wasp. Sharp with good detail.
Overall two brilliant shots.
Excellent note, the Mantis would look better in a Lamborghini in my opinion ;).
Well done,

Hi Bob,
Very amusing. The mantis has probably just made love, ate her mate(they do that) and is looking for a way to spend the insurance money. Two fine photos with good color and detail. Nicely done.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-08-22 9:30]

Hello Bob
I like the composition of your posting.Two nice and sharp images with lovely colors.Also very interesting note.
TFS Michel

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-22 13:17]

Too funny!
Both superb captures hung together neatly for a really good story!

Ah, the praying mantis...you know, I watched a program the other day where they featured them, and yes, they actually showed the Praying Mantis capturing a humming bird. Actually, I recall wondering if the insect had the capacity to hurt a human (my fears were unfounded; the program addressed it). However, I'm getting off the topic.

I love both of these, and the contrast between the two is striking. The bee is surrounded by color and the Praying Mantis lands on color and the result is, he is noticed immediately. The two are so different, but each is a predator in their own way. Nice shots, both of them.

A tale of two insects..... Great. Both pictures and the story. Hope tha car makers can get a new buyer.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-23 8:57]

Hi Bob. well you have put a smile on my face tonight. you seem to find a picture anywhere. great colours and detail . and a great story to go with it. well done TFS.

You have done it again; you have "master-pieced" a great combo of "predators".
Only yeaterday I registered a yellow jacket consuming the eggs and larve of the BEAUTIFUL lady-bug. Mind you, the latter is a predator herself. She looks so PEACEFUL-LOOKING and BEAUTIFUL, I mean the lady-bug, yet she too is deadly.
Both images are sharp and showing GREAT details.
Love the unusual .... u-tube insertion.
GREAT MIND you have, my friend.
Too cold, now, to sit on the top of the flat roof.
Winter is "almost" here.

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