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Mantid Eggs?

Mantid Eggs?
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Copyright: Laurita Godwin (ljsugarnspice) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 78 W: 17 N: 55] (313)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-22
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/350 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-12-16 12:52
Viewed: 3624
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I must say I enjoy putting my small town on the map, so to speak...

As you may have noticed, there were many mantids around my house over the summer... could this be the start of a new generation?? From my research I think it could be.

Female mantids can lay upwards of 200 eggs (some sources say as many as 400! They do so in the fall in a forthy liquid that hardens and protects the babies through the winter. In the spring, the nymphs will emerge and often dine on a brother or sister before starting a diet of small flies, aphids and such. They are wingless and very small. Before the are full grown, they will shed their skin 12 times!

I will be checking on this egg case to see what emerges in the spring and will keep you posted. Also, if anybody has a better idea what this might be, please let me know!

PP is just a crop, resize and unsharp mask...

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-12-16 13:15]

Very interesting post Laurita. I look forward to seeing more as this scenario develops. Thanks for sharing

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ***
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it would have been good to use reflectors to avoid the sun reflections...

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-12-17 10:33]

Very interesting post and I am looking forward to the eggs hatching. The sharpness and composition is great.

Very well done and thanks for posting

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