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Old May 12, 2007, 11:07 AM   #1
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Apparently this is a rare mantis! found it resting on the BBQ at my girlfriends, parents mountain retreat nr Valencia, spain...

know its not perfectly focused but was freehand and hes smaller than he looks!

hope you like!
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Old May 13, 2007, 4:13 AM   #2
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Nice shot of a tough subject. Are these poisonous? cheers...Don
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Old May 13, 2007, 10:13 AM   #3
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aparently they dont bite...

was fighing with trying to take my time to get a good shot, trying to be fast so we could move it and not burn it (and me) on the rappidly growing fire and prevent my girlfriends dad from playing with it...
he wanted it to "fight" his stick....

after a little more study i noticed this photo is better..... I just love that its and insect and you can SEE its definately looking back at me!!
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Old May 13, 2007, 11:14 AM   #4
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You're lucky to see that unusual mantis. They are very helpful insects by eating harmful insects and do seem to socialize a bit with humans. Thanks for posting him.
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Old May 13, 2007, 11:26 AM   #5
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thats really cool!
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Old May 13, 2007, 1:46 PM   #6
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great couple of photos ceecrb1. i notice you are from Valencia in the UK - really?!!! :-)
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Old May 14, 2007, 2:36 AM   #7
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kinda, I'm scottish (edinburgh)but living in Valencia as my girlfriend is from here..

Living in the tiny town thats world famous for a tomatoe fight, so check out the pics mid-august!
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Old May 14, 2007, 3:50 AM   #8
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i know the food fight you mean - its often on the telly, bunel. do you have a weatherproof camera?!
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Old May 14, 2007, 6:02 AM   #9
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Buñol and unfortunately at the moment i dont..

Foreigners and photographers are prime targets so i dont know how much i'll do.... being both!

however i'll be one of the lucky people thats kept with the locals. only 9000 people in the town but over 40,000 during that hour long fight!

we'lll see what happens by then...
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