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Unicorn Mantis (ID)

Unicorn Mantis (ID)
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Copyright: Jesus Linares (jlinaresp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1303 W: 56 N: 4023] (17292)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-12-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D3100, Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S 1:4-5.6 G ED DX VR, Zeikos UV 52mm
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-04 6:35
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Mantis (ID)

Hello friends!

I think this deserves an exception and not publish a butterfly today! ... I have this mantis! I found this yesterday. I have no exact ID, but I'm still investigating. For now, I think it belongs to the Genus "Pseudovates" (the unicorns mantis)



Phylum: Arthropoda - Arthropods
Class: Insecta - Insects
Order: Mantodea - Mantids
Family: Mantidae
Genus: Pseudovates (?)* Under checking

Interesting fact about Mantis:

-Praying mantises have triangular-shaped heads and a compound eye on each side of their heads. They are the only insects that can turn their heads a full 180 degrees, and some species can turn almost 300 degrees without moving the rest of their bodies. They're also very sensitive to movement and can see something move up to 60 feet away.

-The praying mantis is exclusively predatory - it only eats other animals, usually other insects such as flies. The larger members of the mantis species have been known to eat lizards, snakes, frogs, birds and even small rodents.

-They tend to ambush their prey and are very fast when they attack. The forelegs are spiked, which helps the mantis hold on to its victims. They also have very powerful jaws, making it easy for them to kill their prey.

-The praying mantis is considered diurnal, meaning that most of their activity takes place during the day, though sometimes you will see them flying around at night. They need the use of their keen eyesight to hunt, which is great news for us because we can often see them out and about in our gardens.

About this shot:
Model: NIKON D3100
Software: PhotoScape
Exposure Time: 10/8000 sec
F-Stop: f/10.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 800
Focal Length: 200 mm
Date Taken: 2011-12-03 11:15
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
Light Source: Fine weather
File Size: 272 kb

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This is really an incredible picture. I have never seen a mantis of this color, and so successfully appearing to be a stick. Outstanding picture! Great note as well.

Wow Jesus
What a great image! It looks as if it is a mantis that escaped from storybook for children, and I am sure adults (like myself) would love to hear the story too. No serious, this is a super image, with lots and lots of striking details to appreciate. I am sure somebody will be able to assist you with the correct ID. Thanks for sharing, this lovely insect, not that we mind the butterflies, but this is rather special. Best regards.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-12-04 6:51]

Ciao Jesus,
fantastica immagine di questa bellezza con grande nitidezza e dettaglio; perfetto il POV, splendidi i colori e bellissimo lo sfondo sfumato. Davvero bella!!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-12-04 7:07]

Hello Jesús,
What a fantastic photo. The clarity is really perfect. Impressive sharpness, details, composition and DOF. Majestic pose! A beauty!

  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-12-04 7:17]
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Sure, God must be crazy, what a species, well captured by you. tfs.

Hi Jesus,
what an interesting photo of this specie. Great point of view. Excellent sharpness and amazing colours.
Thanks for sharing,

Excellent detail and clarity, against a good background. Very nice pose.
A fantastic photo.
regards yiannis

A great photo of this Mantis nymph Jesus! The composition, the colours and the sharpness are excellent. Beautiful and interesting plant too.

Olá Jesus este bicho é muito esquisito uma bela camuflagem jamais acharia que fosse um inseto meus parabens por esta bela imagem.

Ciao Jesus, non so come si chiama ma č piů terrificante del mostro di Aliens, fantastica macro, bella composizione diagonale, ottima nitidezza, splendida luce e magnifici colori naturali, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hello Jesús,
A Great exposure indeed!! Excellent details and clarity against a good BG/DOF.
Best regards,

Hello Jesus,
A very nice capture of a interesting and perfect camouflaged insect.
Amazing details and sharpness.
Lovely natural colors and exceptional clarity.
Thanks for sharing!

Ciao Jesus. Un capolavoro per nitidezza e dettaglio. Davver strepitosa!


Hi Jesus,
Excellent picture of this mantis in a good pose & nice colors.
The composition is fantastic. Seen this 1st time on TN.
Very well done & TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-12-04 13:22]

Hello Jesus,
this is interesting type of mantis for me. Composition, point of view, background, depth of field, colours and details are great.Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-12-04 13:34]

Ciao Jesus,una specie spettacolare,sembra un pezzo di legno,una vera regina del cammuffamento ed una foto con una qualita' ed una nitidezza impressionanti,grande lavoro amico mio,complimentoni e buona settimana,Luciano

an amazing subject, with a fine composition, it is a great performance!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-12-05 4:44]

Bonjour Jesus,
What an amazing "dry" Mantis, perfectly camouflaged on flowers and twigs. What a special attitude too. You have good eyes that you spotted it on this flower!
As usual excellent picture with great clarity and fine blurred background.
Well done again!

Fantastic presentation of a fabulous animal. congratulation.

hello Jesus
this is super good
Great sharpness nice composition and beautiful colours
i like this specie
thanks greeting lou

Me dejas boquiabierto con este excelente trabajo Jesús.
No solamente está bien el color, la composición, etc, etc,
sino que tiene un dinamismo tremendo por las formas del
insecto y su posición.
Nos recreas un pequeńo mundo captado con una gran maestría:
enhorabuena este gran trabajo:
J. Ignasi.

Hello Jesus,
Very interesting subject with fantastic pose and excellent composition, very nice details sharpness against a very pleasing background, a great work!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

soggetto molto bello e molto interessante, complimenti Jesus per la foto,

ciao, tino

Hello Jesús

WOW ! great macro of this Mantis, with a superb
focus sharpness and details, beautiful light,
beautiful bokeh of the background, TFS


Ola Jesus,
Belo exemplar,nunca vi um desse aqui no Brasil.
Foto de excelente qualidade.
Parabens pelo album todo.

hi, Jesus
nice framing, composition.
and sharp photo.
suitable light.
thank you,
Mehran Jahangiri.

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