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murder in my garden

murder in my garden
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Copyright: Sky Fa (SkyF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji FinePix S3100
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mantodea: Mantis [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-02-17 9:36
Viewed: 3587
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Last fall a murder occured in my garden. Even though I did not witness the actual act, I did manage to get catch the fellon red handed ;-).

Mantis are carnivorous insects that takes up a deceptively humble posture when it is searching for food. Praying mantises do not actively hunt down their prey. Instead, they wait unmoving and virtually invisible on a leaf or stem, ready to seize any passing insect. When potential prey comes within range, the mantis thrust its pincer like forelegs forward to grasp the insect. Any chance of escape is minimized by the viselike grip facilitated by the rows of hooked spines along the inner part of the mantis' front legs. The mantis bites its prey's head off first.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-02-17 10:52]
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A gruesome scene, Sky, captured with great sharpness. I have always wondered how one eats a butterfly, how it must feel in the mouth with all the wings. Hhmmm.... TFS this interesting and dramatic shot. : )

Hi Sky,
sehr dramatisch, ein schauriger Moment - das ist die Natur.
Ich habe erst 1x in meinem Leben eine Gottesanbeterin gesehen, das war in Thailand.
Tolle und interessante Tiere, ich hoffe ich sehe auch mal eine so nahe wie hier, vielen Dank
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-02-17 12:07]

Nice find, well captured. Very interresting note. Thanks,


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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-02-17 12:51]

Hi Sky,

Interesting to see the Mantis eating a monarch. Well done on capturing the scene.


hi sky
oups je n'aimerais pas être a la place du papillon,tres beau cliché.un peu de bruit mais en le supprimant on efface tous les details alors c'est mieux comme cela.

Hallo Sky,
toll was für interessante Insekten Ihr vor der Haustür habt. Bin hellauf begeistert von Deiner neuen Heimat. Soviel mir bekannt lebst Du quasi i.S. Naturfotographie in einer supertollen Gegend. (ist übrigens auch meine Wunschtraumregion in Sachen fischen). Das Foto ist sehr schön scharf und auch die Farben sind supi. Ich hätte evtl. nur etwas mehr Abstand genommen, also einen größeren Ausschnitt. Aber das ist Geschmacksache. Ansonsten Gratulation zu dem tollen Foto. Ich wünsche Dir ein schönes Wochenende.
Lieben Gruß

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-02-17 21:20]

Hola Sky.- Aun cuando la esena es algo dramatica, debemos de entender las leyes de la Naturaleza, todo tiene un principio y un final, Solo Dios vive por siempre. Saludos Luis52

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2006-02-17 23:23]

Conseguiu uma ótima foto, num momento 'crítico'.
Boas notas. Boa nitidez em um momento da ação da natureza!

You got a great picture, in one moment 'critical.'
Good marks. Good clearness in a moment of the action of the nature!

Great capture Sky, And a great title too.
Good detail, colours and very sharp.
Composition and exposure are good. Good POV and framing.
Thanks for posting, have a great weekend.

Hello Sky
Photo très particulière que de voir une mante mangé un monarch très belle couleur

Hello Sky, What a rare one you captured. People always ask me why I always carry my camera bag with me, and this photo is precisely why. You never know when you will be able to catch a shot like this. Maybe you could color correct it a but, but otherwise perfect. Keep shootin!!

Great capture Sky!!! did you call the Cops???
CSI, maybe...?

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2006-05-07 20:15]

Amazing moment, you really captured it well, the photo is great the only bug is sharpnes, it's a bit blury, guess you should use some other program for editing.Well done!

Belle photo, je suis désolé mais des problèmes familiaux m’empêchent d’épiloguer. Thomas

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