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Macnite Sep 8, 2006 10:37 PM

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I haven't seen a praying mantis in ages and all of a sudden I see this one resting on the leaf of thisflower. I managed to get few good shots.

Resizing for postingonly. Hand held, no flash. Enjoy.

Comments, critique welcome.


Macnite Sep 8, 2006 10:38 PM

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RedStickMan Sep 9, 2006 2:25 AM

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I've always thought that the mantis is just about the coolest bug out there.
It looks like yours didn't want to look at the camera though.

Good captures, nontheless!

I found a baby one last Easter. Unbelievable how tiny they are. I tried to get some pictures of it. Here's the only one that came out decent and also gives some perspective on his size.

DougG Sep 9, 2006 5:12 AM

Very nice, Macnite - thanks for sharing. It's been SO long since I've seen one in person, maybe fifteen years. When I was young, praying mantids were all over the place, all the time. Nowadays... :cry:

annie57 Sep 9, 2006 10:10 AM

Macnite: cool photos and I love the red leaf the mantis is on as it really makes him stand out in all of his beauty!!!

RedStickMan Sep 9, 2006 10:51 AM

Another nice thing about photographing him on the red leaf is that it matches the reddish shading on his body. Great DOF, too.

DougG - Same situation here. Seems they were everywhere when I was a kid. Rarely see them now. I attribute some of that to the fact that I'm not out playing in the yard as much as I did then.

bayourebel Sep 9, 2006 11:24 AM

Super captures, Emmanuel. Was this with the macro lens or the on camera macro setting?

scb Sep 9, 2006 12:08 PM

Fantastic shots!

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