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saly Oct 29, 2011 3:01 PM

Closeups from October 28 (FZ35+LC55)
Another lunch-time visit to the botanical garden:

#1 There are still lots of praying mantis - very unusual this year. I don't know why there are so many of them this year. They make great subject, however...


#3 A few shots of a drone fly (honeybee look alike)



#6 Another mantis

catalex54 Oct 29, 2011 3:21 PM

Again great series Saly!! All of them are beautiful!

LTZ470 Oct 29, 2011 5:05 PM

Fantastic! Yuki!

csa Oct 29, 2011 5:07 PM

Wow again! I simply cannot pick a favorite; they are all exceptional!

jjdog2 Oct 29, 2011 8:09 PM

Excellent shots Saly!!!!!


saly Oct 29, 2011 8:33 PM

Thanks Catalex, Cole, Carol, jj!!!

SIMON40 Oct 29, 2011 8:39 PM

Superb shots Saly.... wonderful detail. Those Mantis's are ugly sods... lol... :D

saly Oct 29, 2011 11:40 PM

Thanks Simon, you think the mantis LOOKS ugly, you should see what they do to their prey. I watched one catch a katydid almost as big as itself, and slowly devour it over a period of 30 minutes or so, after biting off its head. They do the same thing to the males after they mate.....:eek::eek:

Square one Oct 30, 2011 11:09 AM

Another good series saly, my choices are the 'drone fly' are they the same as 'hover flies'?

saly Oct 30, 2011 2:45 PM

Thanks square one, yes they are also known as European hoverfly. About the size of a honeybee.

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