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Mantis Religiosa.

Mantis Religiosa.
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Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mantodea: Mantis [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-09 8:27
Viewed: 3844
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A praying mantis, or praying mantid, is the common name for an insect of the order Mantodea. Often mistakenly spelled preying mantis (an eggcorn, since they are notoriously predatory), they are in fact named for the typical "prayer-like" stance. The word mantis derives from the Greek word mantis for prophet or fortune teller. The preferred pluralization is mantids, though there is some usage of mantes or mantises.

Like all insects, a praying mantis has a three- segmented body, with a head, thorax and abdomen. The abdomen is elongated and covered by the wings in adults. Females have strong and large cerci. The first thoracic segment, the prothorax, is elongated and from it arises the modified foreleg.

Mantis religiosa. Note the large eyes and antennaeMantids, with their huge compound eyes mounted on a triangular head, have a large field of vision. They use sight for detecting movement of prey and swivel their heads to bring their prey into a binocular field of view. They have a fully articulated head, and are able to swivel it 180 degrees as well as pivot it. Their antennae are used for smell.

Praying mantids can be found in all parts of the world with mild winters and sufficient vegetation. Praying mantids will spend most of their time in a garden, forest or other vegetated area.

The foreleg modificationsBeing a carnivorous insect, the mantis feeds primarily on other insects. However, it is not uncommon for larger mantids to consume small reptiles, birds and even small mammals.

To capture their prey, mantids use their camouflage to blend in with the surroundings and wait for the prey to be within striking distance. They then use their raptorial front legs to quickly snatch the victim. It then uses the front legs to help position the victim so it may eat it better.

The primary predators of the praying mantis are frogs, monkeys, larger birds, spiders and snakes. Praying mantids will also prey on each other, usually during the nymph stage and during mating (Patterson), as well as when there is no other prey.

Saludos Luis52

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Une netteté superbe! Très belle photo, Luis!L'attitude étonnée de l'insecte est surprenante.

Hola Luis
What a nice macro shot of this praying mantis.

Hello Luis,

Very nice shot. Great sharpness and beautiful colours.

I think these mantis have a special paparazzi look when they are being photographed. Very focused picture in the whole body and well notated.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-09 10:09]

Hi Luis. Fantastic close up. your use of the light is spot on . great deatil and colours. its eye are looking staight at me. a good POV/DOF. well done TFS. good notes to read as well.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-09 11:49]

Hi Luis

Another high quality macro from you, my friend!
I've always been fascinated by these creatures and liked pictures of them, especially ones presenting the animals with such terrific sharpness to the details.
I also love the pose you captured it in - with its head nicely turned towards you.
Excellent DOF that keeps the entire animal in good focus, very good usage of the flash and very well composed, too.
I'm not sure though that this is exactly that species - Mantis religiosa. It's definitely a mantis, but it looks a little different from the M. religios i've seen until now. But...i'm not an expert, so i can be wrong :)

Bravo and TFS

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-09 12:56]

Hello Luis,

One very cute mantis!
Great sharpness and DOF
Nice colors

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-11-09 13:20]

Hola Luis,
the composition is very nice: the well defined insect with its shadow against the soft pleasantly coloured background. Your and the insect's point of view, both are just right. Pretty good sharpness and exact focus!
Best wishes, Peter

  • jignasi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2118 W: 0 N: 3424] (27917)
  • [2007-11-09 14:24]

Buena profundidad y excelente iluminación Luis. Parece que esté posando para tí ya que adopta
una postura casi perfecta. Bonito formato. Una excelente toma !

Yo soy bastante nuevo aún en esto de la fotografía y aún hay ciertos aspectos que debo mejorar, pero bueno, de momento disfruto mucho y en gran parte es de eso de lo que se trata.

Abrazo: José Ignacio

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-11-09 15:26]

Hi Luis,

A great shot of this mantis looking right at you. Excellent details and the eyes are fantastic. Wonderful natural colors. I love the pose!


Wonderful closeup and interesting background. The pattern is very complementary.
An awesome shot!!!!

Hello Luis
Wonderful shot of this Praying Mantis,
Perfect use of flash ,exposure and details,
Superb shot,Welldone.

Good Luck

Bonjour Luis
Très belle prise de cette mante, fine, élégante, très belle attitude. Bravo
Amicalement Robi

bonjour luis
rien a dire,c'est reussi sur tous les points.DOF et netteté,couleurs et contraste.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-11-10 13:55]

Hello Luis
Beautiful composition .Excellent POV and very sharp imageéGreta detail and excellent eye contact whith your subject.
TFS Michel

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-10 14:39]

Well done again Luis, very good picture of this Mantis. Very sharp, clear and well composed. Well done !


Magnifiques détails et très belles couleurs et composition.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-11-11 3:35]

selam Luis
wonderful macro photo of this cute mantis that was giving nice pose to you
i like composition, point of view, depth of field, using of flash, colours, sharpness and details
thanks for sharing

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-11-12 18:29]

Hola Luis,
Your amazing camera work gives us an excellent view of this insect. I have missed your great images and notes, thanks for sharing.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-13 9:32]

Hi Luis.
Brilliant reproduction of the mantis. I am also impressed with amazing shadows. BG is lovely coloured and colour tone and sharpness/blurriness passages are superb. Bravo and TFS.
P.S. Eye-contact is fantastic.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-11-13 15:22]

Hola Luis,
el sábado en el norte de la Isla donde vivo,
tomé varias fotos de una de estas mantis, no he tenido mucha suerte con ellas, a ver que tal salieron, me gusta tu macro, buena definición y bg, buen flash, saludos, hasta la próxima

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