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The tale of two mantids…….I was walking past one of the bougainvillea bushes in my garden yesterday, holding onto a piece of wood for the open fire, when I noticed two mantis on the bougainvillea, looking at each other rather menacingly. I lifted one of them onto the piece of wood, with the idea of taking a couple of images, when he very kindly spread his wings and I managed to grab a few shots. Wondering why he had opened his wings, which I very rarely see, I found that the second mantis had flown over to the piece of wood, and was rapidly advancing towards the first mantis, upon which he viciously attacked him. Version 4, a bad but hurried image, shows them at battle. Having taken the last image, I quickly put my camera down and somehow parted the two of them, before either of them did any long lasting damage. I put one back on the bougainvillea, and the second climbed to the top of the piece of wood, and opened his wings again, believing himself to be the victor of the battle. Version 5 is the winner on his podium, taking a bow!

Brand:Olympus
Camera:Olympus FE-210
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:battle of the mantids!
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:24 Oct 2011 - 5:52 AM
Tags:Close-up, Close-up / macro, General, Macro, Nature, Praying mantis, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:89
Variant - ReportVariant - Report

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Malcspaige
24 Oct 2011 - 6:05 AM

Brilliant shots.....I really like number 4.
Well done.

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posty57
posty57  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2011 - 6:09 AM

You even managed to get No 5 to take bow ! As I said, a circus..... Well spotted and captured, again Smile Keep them coming.
Barry

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goso
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24 Oct 2011 - 6:36 AM

Sumo-Mantises - extraordinary work Carol ...Bill

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 697 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2011 - 6:39 AM

Just amazing, its like having the BBC Natural History department on our doorstep. Absolutely brilliant series Carol and the last shot as he bows to the crowd is fantastic and hilarious.

Andy

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Glyn1
Glyn1  5 England1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2011 - 7:16 AM

excellent macro work a stunning series. Wink

Glyn

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84246 forum postsKarenFB vcard England161 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2011 - 7:26 AM

Wow! You must have been thrilled to be a spectator! You've certainly captured them brilliantly!

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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2011 - 7:33 AM

I didn't realise they were so pretty. We have a lovely sunrise at the moment.

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4137 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2011 - 7:43 AM

What a fascinating story, Carol, the action marvellously captured in this set. I don't recall ever seeing a mantis with it's wings like this. Terrific stuff.
Ronnie.

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Lu1989
Lu1989  3 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2011 - 8:24 AM

I Love V5 Grin

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2011 - 8:53 AM

Excellent work Carol. well spotted and arranged for shooting. Never seen one of these live in the wild either. paul

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41025 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England132 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2011 - 8:58 AM

Nature in action - superb set.

Dave

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viscostatic
24 Oct 2011 - 8:59 AM

Well seen and photographed Carol. I didn't realise these creatures were so competetive. Also great to see one with its wings open.

Phil.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7391 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom957 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2011 - 9:08 AM

Bloomin' 'eck, I didn't know that got this physical. V5 is superb, the victor receiving the crowd's applause.
Moira

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hasslebladuk
hasslebladuk e2 Member 4hasslebladuk vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2011 - 9:09 AM

Stunning shots I cannot pick one that is better than the other they are all spot on
mike

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
24 Oct 2011 - 9:31 AM

Really interesting set. V3 is the one for me.
JNC

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 429 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2011 - 9:31 AM

An amazing set Carol - my son used to keep praying mantis and bred stick insects for them to feed on so that they did not eat each other. I had not realized that they were so aggressive. You have well captured this side of their nature (love V3) - Well done. Carole

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sparrowhawk
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24 Oct 2011 - 9:40 AM

absolutely mind blowingly brilliant as usual love em

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Jekaro
Jekaro e2 Member 5Jekaro vcard United Kingdom
24 Oct 2011 - 9:44 AM

A brilliant series, Carol, all superby captured.
Roy

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2011 - 10:03 AM

Just amazing Carol, each one in the set is super, and the each deserve a vote! Wink
Trev Smile

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ringyneck
ringyneck  7298 forum posts United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2011 - 10:11 AM

Brilliant set and great narrative.

Keith

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2011 - 10:27 AM

Love the pose in #1

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SteveMoulding
SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2011 - 10:27 AM

A stunning set of macro's, Carol, all beautifully composed and captured.
Steve.

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Joeblowfromoz
24 Oct 2011 - 10:48 AM

An amazing and wonderful series of macro shots Carol - have never seen the wings like that - just tremendous..Jo

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danbrann
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24 Oct 2011 - 10:48 AM

What a capture. A stunning set of images Carol.

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TonyDy
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24 Oct 2011 - 11:27 AM

Great sequence, Carol and lucky to get shots with open wings.
Tony

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Sylviwhalley
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24 Oct 2011 - 12:08 PM

Stunning series.
Sylvia

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Cormy
Cormy  6 England
24 Oct 2011 - 12:12 PM

Great battle going on here,Carol.
Cheers
Alan

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Stace
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24 Oct 2011 - 12:13 PM

excellent set Carol

Stace

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barbarahirst
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24 Oct 2011 - 12:17 PM

What a fabulous set... well worth 5 votes

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EAS
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24 Oct 2011 - 1:04 PM

Wonderful tale told so well in this fine set.

Ann

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gabymarian
24 Oct 2011 - 1:29 PM

Excelent shots!

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HobbitDave
24 Oct 2011 - 1:54 PM

Another super set, Carol, Olly never ceases to amaze me!! All excellent, but v.5 for me is superb.
Dave. You must be almost on top of the mantis to get this sharpness? Excellent work.

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SlowSong
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24 Oct 2011 - 2:02 PM

How wonderful. I've never seen a mantis's wings, let alone them being open. So pretty. And the fight shot is amazing. Well done you for coming to the rescue. Smile
Chris

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maryg
maryg e2 Member 566 forum postsmaryg vcard Scotland18 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2011 - 2:16 PM

This is an amazing set of images. Carol. All excellent have to say no 5 just pips it for me if I had to choose a favourite.

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norton
norton  10 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2011 - 2:21 PM

Excellent set of images Carol all superbly captured................

Tony.

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 3sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2011 - 2:52 PM

Brilliant Carol as usual..Lin

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FeatherFriend
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24 Oct 2011 - 3:11 PM

A stunning set Carol, loved the write up and have a preference for V5 but all superb,
Geoff.

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digital_boi
24 Oct 2011 - 3:15 PM

one of your very best sets for sure each one is a winner

Graham GrinGrinGrin

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samarmishra
24 Oct 2011 - 3:23 PM

Hi Carol, I was late to experience this beautiful image, this is really an excellent set of images. Again a wonderful write-up. excellent set..

Samar

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moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
24 Oct 2011 - 4:16 PM

Excellent set of captures Carol. Someone having a good bite in V4. With V5 beautifully displaying the 'victor'. Moira

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jonwebber
jonwebber  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2011 - 5:33 PM

Totally wonderful set.
jon

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pluckyfilly
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24 Oct 2011 - 5:55 PM

you must be thrilled to get these superb shots, if I am truthful I didnt know they had wings so I have learnt something todayGrin

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fentiger
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24 Oct 2011 - 7:52 PM

Very impressive set of macro shots.

Albert

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bricurtis
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24 Oct 2011 - 8:31 PM

Great set Carol - I never realized they had such beautiful colouring on them.
Brian.

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bromley-smith
24 Oct 2011 - 8:31 PM

Excellent captures Carol and fabulous write up.
Tony

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phil87
phil87  6 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2011 - 8:49 PM

Super set of images great detail like V5.

Phil

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Peagreen
Peagreen  3 England1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2011 - 11:24 PM

Superb set of images, Carol. Beautiful colour and detail, excellent captures. Fantastic write upSmile
Take care, Pauline

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
25 Oct 2011 - 5:51 AM

Hi there Carol! A well deserved award ...What a drama! God story had me on the hedge of my seat... V4 is very dramatic I am glad you intervened or there would be one minor paying mantis in your garden... Love the pose in V5... Beautiful wings never seen one of them with such a display... IB

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zanzibarwinds
25 Oct 2011 - 6:13 AM

Super set of photos Carol. Is it me or are these mantids quite large ?

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unicorn17
unicorn17  5 Scotland
25 Oct 2011 - 7:45 AM

Amazing set Carol! Not many folk including David Attenborough will have seen them in full battle cry ! gill

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25 Oct 2011 - 12:54 PM

V5 then V3 are at the top of my list...
Great work...
Dave

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accipiter
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25 Oct 2011 - 5:56 PM

Excellent set and a great story. V5 looks so pleased with himself. A

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kirkoid
kirkoid  3 England1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Oct 2011 - 5:45 AM

Excellent set of detailed captures.
Dave

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
29 Oct 2011 - 9:51 PM

"Tres Unique & Spectacular Show!" ~ LEx GrinWink

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Glostopcat
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30 Oct 2011 - 8:25 PM

A terrific set of images Carol, you've captured the drama and action so superbly

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