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Copyright: Philip Rose (willow) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 32] (147)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-09
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): !"Preying"... [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-10 1:40
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Possibly an Indian flower mantis - Creobroter gemmatus

I could have easily passed by – but its display attracted me.

Tropical flower mantises as the name suggests, resemble flowers. The wing is a close match to the nearby Celosia.

They so closely resemble flowers that prey insects will often mistakenly land on them, to get nectar.

Or it felt threatened.

Praying mantises, when threatened, stand tall and spread their forelegs with their wings fanning out wide (Patterson). The fanning of the wings is used to make the mantis seem larger and to scare the opponent.

Could this be what happened?


The head of a praying mantis is triangularly shaped. And has two long antennae at the top that are used for general navigation. Usually there are three ocelli, one is situated in-between the antennae with the other 2 sited above.

The eyes bulge large and round from the sides of the head. These large eyes are made even more effective by the ability, to rotate its head from side to side in a full 180-degree angle, thus giving all-round vision.
The eyes are the only sense that they use in hunting prey, so sensitive that they can detect the slightest movement up to 60 feet away.

The praying mantis, like most insects, has six legs. The rear four legs are the main walking legs, while the front two legs are shorter and set in a “praying position.
These are easily recognizable raptorial legs - lower tibia and upper femur, which are lined with spines and tipped with sharp hooks which they use to capture and kill prey, that all Mantodea have.
These characteristic forelegs are not exclusive to Mantodea, Similar specialisation may be found in Phymatidae (Hemiptera), Reduviidae (Hemiptera), and especially Mantispidae (Neuroptera).

Being at the top of the insect food chain and strictly carnivorous, with a voracious appetite they eat almost any insect they can overcome.

The mouth is designed for chewing and biting. There are upper and lower jaws as well as palps along the sides. Almost always the feeding starts immediately while the prey is still alive, starting from the prey's neck, to further immobilise and eventually kill the victim.

Praying mantises are deaf to most sounds, as there are no ears on the head.
They have one single ear in the middle of the abdomen on the underside. This ear, which is simply a deep slit inside the abdomen, allows it to hear ultrasonic sounds.
Recently it has been discovered that this chamber provides the mantis with a means of detecting bats, one of their main predators.
Apparently, as the sound frequency increases rapidly, this indicates an approaching bat, the mantis then will drastically change its flight pattern from horizontal flight, to begin a direct, high speed nose dive towards the safety of the ground. Often this descent will be preceded by an aerial loop or spin. Other times, the entire decent will consist of a downward spiral.

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Hello Philip,
I havent seen this kind of GF before. A GF with colorfull wings? Wow.....is it a hybrid of DF and butterfly? :D
Nice shot though not clearly in focus and lags sharpness. Wll post a workshop afterwars.

I have never seen one of these before, so thanks for showing. nice shot.

Hi Philip. Great shot and good DOF. I like the pose of the subject, it really shows up the markings on its wings. Nice detail, down to the hairs on the leaves.
Well done, regards.

Hi Philip,
The shot has seemed me very good and have made a workshop with some small modifications, I expect that it does not bother you, thank you for teaching these so beautiful animals

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Philip, this is absoluttely amazing!
I have never heard of this mantis , let alone seen one!

It goes to the top of the list for me! Tfs, krop-coup-kap! Jay

Such a living fairytale!Thanks,CarOze

just seen on TN's front page: this is a fascinating document, perfectly described in your notes.
Valuable contribution showing a most effective combination of flower mimesis and eyespot mimicry - thank you!
With best regards,

Wow, what a great capture!! I hadn't heard of preying mantises with such colourful wings like butterflies before. Perfect composition, definition, POV. Stunning!

Hello Philip,
Excellent macro shot of Indian flower mantis - Creobroter gemmatus. TFS

hey philip amazing capture, never seen such a lovely colorful mantis, nice colors. Its too grainy & little bit 1 stop over exposed any way keep clicking.
regards salil

really a colorful species. nicely photographed with all perfection. congrats.

Hi Philip,
Great shot. I like the color of the subject. Nice detail.
Well done. Regards,

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