The Praying Mantis  

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Uploaded: 08/28/09 11:14 PM GMT
The Praying Mantis
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My Other half had been spotting this Praying Mantis in the garden, and I finally spotted her to. Most likely it's a female, you can read about this most unusual looking, and yet one of my favorite insects below. Used a tripod along with my canon zoom for this one. Conditions were wet and cloudy.

I have not seen one of these for a very long time. This is a very garden friendly visitor to have.

Typically green or brown and well camouflaged on the plants among which they live, mantis lie in ambush or patiently stalk their quarry. They use their front legs to snare their prey with reflexes so quick that they are difficult to see with the naked eye. Their legs are further equipped with spikes for snaring prey and pinning it in place. Moths, crickets, grasshoppers, flies, and other insects are usually the unfortunate recipients of unwanted mantid attention. However, the insects will also eat others of their own kind. The most famous example of this is the notorious mating behavior of the adult female, who sometimes eats her mate just after—or even during—mating. Yet this behavior seems not to deter males from reproduction. Females regularly lay hundreds of eggs in a small case, and nymphs hatch looking much like tiny versions of their parents.

I want to say thanks in advance for the views, and comments.

Tigs♥ =^..^=


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08/28/09 11:27 PM GMT
Beautiful photo,Sandi,you did a very good work,the green colors are really nice as well.We also have this kind of insect here,actually it is the European Mantis,i have not seen one for a long time either.
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08/28/09 11:27 PM GMT
Well, hello there, he seems to say from under cover of the green leaf meant to camouflage him. Good eye to find him, Sandi and good eye to capture him too.
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“Life is precious; therefore, do not waste it by doing things mechanically without love. We should try to put love into everything we do.” - Amma
08/28/09 11:36 PM GMT
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08/28/09 11:41 PM GMT
He or she is looking right at you ... great depth & I like the greens. Wonderful capture Sandi & thanks for the info.
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This is it! ... MJ
08/28/09 11:52 PM GMT
Wonderful greens here Sandi including the man-eater herself. Excellent focus on her head, the nearest thing we have to an image of an alien on this site.
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08/29/09 12:14 AM GMT
Excellent bug shot Sandi - all the greens are beautiful as well.
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08/29/09 12:22 AM GMT
Just a Beautiful photo I wonder how you saw it.....
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08/29/09 12:36 AM GMT
A fine closeup of the Mantis, Sandi. A good detailed head shot and nice greens in this well presented image. Nice work.

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Enjoy nature, Take nothing but photographs and leave nothing but footprints
08/29/09 12:43 AM GMT
I wonder what he's praying for all the time ?? :) Fine job Sandi. I've been bitten by many of those (when I was a kid) LOL
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08/29/09 1:52 AM GMT
Saved and Faved What a magnificent shot!!Really down in their
world with this view and the post work kicks Ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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08/29/09 2:02 AM GMT
Sensational shot, Sandi. I have always been fascinated by the Praying Mantis. What a beautiful shot.

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08/29/09 2:05 AM GMT
Talk about your black widow praying mantis Tigz. I enjoy myself as much as the next person but I might have to give it some thought if I were a male mantis. :)
What an outstanding shot and the head is so clear. It surely is a female with that smirk. A male would be showing fear.


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Insure what you touch during your lifetime, is not coated with the fingerprints of apathy....Tick
08/29/09 2:10 AM GMT
Superb! They are fascinating and protected by law from becoming extinct. This is a great capture~so detailed and clear! Wonderful work Tigger! :)Ami
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08/29/09 2:21 AM GMT
My mouth just hung open after viewing this full screen!!!! OMG, so detailed and clear Sandi!!! A very awesome shot and extremely excellent qualities in it! One of your very best and faved my friend!
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08/29/09 5:37 AM GMT
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08/29/09 7:05 AM GMT
say hy....stunning capture, a masterpeice
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let me keep my eyes open, let me see the beauty
08/29/09 8:01 AM GMT
Well Spotted and well captured!...
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08/29/09 8:17 AM GMT
Not only a post with great quality and subject.. but again such good framework. Mich
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08/29/09 11:40 AM GMT
Yiii...I think I might wanna leave that one alone too...Very inspirational image......... O^O
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08/29/09 11:57 AM GMT
Nice one, praying for sun?
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08/29/09 2:48 PM GMT
Great capture Sandi! Peeking out at you it is. :o)

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“Won't you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you” - Richard Brinsley Sheridan
08/29/09 8:35 PM GMT
Fantastic frame and colors.Stunning capture Sandi.
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08/29/09 9:32 PM GMT
A very good picture of a Praying Mantis. Very well done.
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08/30/09 1:30 AM GMT
Stunning work...very professional and National Geographic in nature. Simply amazing and faved.
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08/30/09 6:35 PM GMT
A wonderful capture Sandi! Excellent camera work and great detail and depth. Stunning work my friend! Saved&Faved!
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08/30/09 7:01 PM GMT
Exceptional work here my friend!! Love the greens and the praying mantis' straight forward position! Excellent clarity and dof! Faving and saving this marked presentation Sandi! :)
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08/31/09 1:32 PM GMT
Very cool!!!!

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09/01/09 7:02 AM GMT
I think she spotted you Sandi, A neat capture. Good clarity and colour in this one. Lyn.
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09/06/09 12:51 AM GMT
Great picture Sandi, I really like how its looking up at you. The DoF is really nice aswell.
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09/11/09 4:11 AM GMT
Superb capture Sandi, a real lucky find
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09/17/09 3:26 PM GMT
Awesome capture! I haven't seen one of those for years. What a great shot you caught.
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07/13/10 7:02 AM GMT
Absolutely great portrait of this beautifully dangerous predatory insect! The way you captured her, in the silent wait, with that, what I'd say is, determined look in her eyes.
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09/07/13 4:19 PM GMT
This is a terrific shot of the praying mantis, colors look great too. It takes a lot to deter the male of any kind from this activity. I think that usually the Praying Mantis starts to change color around September, this way they can blend in with the plants that are dyeing or changing color to that tan or brown. I don’t know for sure but I think that the temperature may have something to do with it also.
Lovely shot Sandi.
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05/08/20 8:47 PM GMT
I love this shot, great story it tells, the leaves create a frame. How often when I look at macros on a big screen I see just a pair of eyes looking back over the edge of a leaf.
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