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Mantispa Styriaca

Mantispa Styriaca
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Copyright: Leo Baquerfo (shakerz) Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 230] (1127)
Genre: Monera
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 DI MACRO 1:1
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Eliz strange, exotic or little known species - 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-28 4:50
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Also called Mantisfly, or Mantidfly, any insect of the neuropteran family Mantispidae, usually found in tropical and subtropical areas. The adult mantispid bears a superficial resemblance to the praying mantid (order Dictyoptera). The European mantispid (Mantispa styriaca) is 12 to 20 millimetres long and has a wingspread of about 25 millimetres. Thanks Guys for having a look and giving some corrections of ID.

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To Osmeterium: Correct IDshakerz 1 07-28 19:17
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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-07-28 6:41]

Hi Leo,

Great macroshot with good colrs,details,POV and BG,very well composed,TFS,


this is quaiet a gnarly specie of Mantis, Im a big fab of them! Extremelly sharp and crisp image with extraordinare details! I like it! Very interesting pattern around the eyes!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-07-28 6:46]

Very ice macro, Leo!
Lovely colors, escellent sharpness and a very good POV.
Also nice BG and lighting.
Bravo and TFS

Very nice photo.
Finaly, an insect of my taste :)
Great collors, sharpness and POV.
Actualy, I can`t find anything wrong with it.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-07-28 7:03]

Hello Leo,
I think those insects are amazing and love seeing pictures of them.
This looks great, what a wonderful details and sharp close up. Very well composed, very nice colors and the lines are beautiful.

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  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2006-07-28 7:40]

What a nice macro Leo, this picture is very clear and sharp. And the colors are pecfects. Well done

I have seen the details of this insect's body parts so sharp and clear for the first time on this site, Leo.
You have done a great job here. EXcellent POV and colours too against a nice BG.

Hello Leo,
A nice picture, but this is not a praying mantis (and of course not a S. carolina, an American species), it's a mantisfly (Mantispidae, Neuroptera).

Best regards,

Hello Leo, amazing shot!!
Great colors, details and light.
Good BG.


Hi Leo.
First all, thank you very much for your note. I can say only a word about this shot: Superb. Congratulations!

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  • Artur Silver Star Critiquer [C: 43 W: 0 N: 8] (1102)
  • [2006-07-28 16:55]
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Hi Leo

a superb shot, I don't have much to add after what have been said

however, it is not a praying mantis !!!!!!! it does not even belong to the order Mantodea and orthopteroid insects in general, it's a member of the order Neuroptera, precisely of the family Mantispidae

you can see similar species at
www.hlasek.com/mantispa_ styriaca_2553.html



Wonderful capture Leo! So much details! Excellent composition. Everything is perfect. Thanks for sharing!

Me gusta mucho tu galería. Tienes una fotos muy buenas, incluyendo esta que es muy bonita. Es normal, eres un Briones. Enhorabuena y saludos,

So detailed and sharp. Excellent color and DOF.

Brilliant capture.
I would suggest that you update your note as this is a mantisfly. Mantisflies are not related to mantis and are not even from the mantidae family. Please update. This mistake was already pointed out by Artur two months ago.
I posted a mantisfly today. If you read my notes, you'll see that their life is totally different than life of mantis, as the larva has no legs and is a parasite of spiders' eggs.
Anyway, your pic is beautiful.

Hello Leo!
What a great shot! Neuroptera are really very beautiful and you showed it good.
I like the composition and the contrast between the insect and the BG. DOF is very good, every detail can be seen (I especially like the eye!) :>
Best greetings from Lodz,

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-03-20 18:07]

Hello Leo,
Excellent details and light. Nice saturated colours.
Congrats and TFS!

I call it brilliant.
Very well done.

great sharp close up, TFS Ori

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