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Today’s set of uploads is not for the squeamish! I was taking my usual stroll, with cam, in the meadow yesterday, but was not expecting to find anything to photograph as it was so windy. I had virtually given up when I almost trod on this beautiful preying mantis, together with its prey, a little grasshopper. He was the largest mantis that I have seen, about 3” in length, and proudly holding his dinner in his front ‘paws’. When I produced the camera he started to eat his dinner, which unfortunately was still alive at the time (he obviously likes his dinner hot! I have uploaded V.5 at the end, not the best of the bunch, but the first image I took, where the mantis was proudly holding up the little grasshopper for me to see.

Camera:Olympus FE-210
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:raw nature
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:20 Oct 2010 - 5:27 AM
Tags:Bug, Close-up, Close-up / macro, General, Grasshopper, Insect, Nature, Preying mantis, Wildlife / nature
Votes:86
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jeb2012
jeb2012  4 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 - 5:28 AM

A excellent capture

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jaktis
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20 Oct 2010 - 5:42 AM

A great capture of the feeding

Peter

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom97 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2010 - 5:47 AM

Yum yum! V5 is particularly dramatic.

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Daisymaye
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20 Oct 2010 - 5:50 AM

Wow Carol! You have a way with bugs. V5 looks like he was offering it to you. I think these creatures are aware of you being the saviour of so many of their friends and family. You will be known as the Bug Goddess. LOL............Sandy

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photophantom
20 Oct 2010 - 5:57 AM

these are amazing Carol
Dennis

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mishu78
mishu78  4 Canada
20 Oct 2010 - 5:59 AM

Fantastic set, especialy V5. Excellent work.

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sparrowhawk
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20 Oct 2010 - 6:56 AM

you are now known as the bug lady ! these are awesome truly brilliant

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dmhuynh72
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20 Oct 2010 - 6:59 AM

stunning series Carol,
regards
Yung

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VIKI
VIKI  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2010 - 7:01 AM

5 wows here again Carol!!!!!

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tashi
tashi  32 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2010 - 7:20 AM

Fantastic images! Yes, all of them are excellent macro shots; great colour and detail; very fascinating, too. Well done.

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Alvar
Alvar  7 France2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2010 - 7:20 AM

Lovely composition and colours. Well done.
Alvar

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Ian_R
Ian_R  3 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 - 7:26 AM

Stunningly dramatic well done, love V5 - Ian

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Freila
Freila  3106 forum posts
20 Oct 2010 - 7:39 AM

OMG.... Amazing. I would ask for a nice pretty flower tomorrow but I Know we will all be looking for you next bug up load. Brilliant. Great set of shot love the way you ended the set with V5
Freila

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Mynett
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20 Oct 2010 - 7:51 AM

excellent

Linda

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andylea
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20 Oct 2010 - 8:03 AM

stunning set carol v3 for me today nice one Wink
andy

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Rock
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20 Oct 2010 - 8:03 AM

I do wish I had eaten breakfast before viewing .

It goes to show even insects have a mean streak , or should that be"A tasty steak "

Off for my cornflakes !

Rock

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lesarnott
lesarnott  4 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2010 - 8:09 AM

Great series, awesome macro work.
Les

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videotec
videotec  5 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 - 8:31 AM

Fantastic images Carol, V3 is my favourite.
Pete

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brownsilent
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20 Oct 2010 - 8:34 AM

It looks like she's enjoying her meal.... Excellent set, great documentation,
Johanna

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2010 - 8:36 AM

V5 really is special .... surreal even
Looks like no breaky for me today
But what 5 wonderful shots you have got

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Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
20 Oct 2010 - 8:55 AM

[i]A SUPERB serie. Congratulations Carol!
And V5 is stunning

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20 Oct 2010 - 9:10 AM

Terrific set Carol - I told you before those Grasshopper drumsticks look delicious !...Bill

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Silverzone
20 Oct 2010 - 9:15 AM

Terrific set, great to be 30. Sylvia

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RTDS
RTDS  5 Cyprus
20 Oct 2010 - 9:41 AM

Excellent set of captures Carol.
Great details in them all.
I say that the V5 is the best of the set. Excellent that one.
Robert

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mrswoolybill
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20 Oct 2010 - 9:43 AM

Super set. But it may be some time before I can fancy crunching on crisps again...
V5 is the outstanding shot and really does deserve its own upload, it's quite extraordinary.
Moira

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RonnieAG
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20 Oct 2010 - 10:09 AM

This must be one of the most amazing sets I have seen ,Carol. Nothing of the body and head left by v 4. Congrats. on the UAs awarded....richly deserved.
Ronnie.

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akhtarkhan
akhtarkhan  12 United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2010 - 10:40 AM

Fantastic set of macro work again. Great composition. V5 I like most.
Akhtar

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SandraKay
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20 Oct 2010 - 10:51 AM

Very gruesome but absolutely fascinating.
Sandra

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paddyman
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20 Oct 2010 - 11:55 AM

Stunning set of macro shots,and V5 is brill well done Carol..
V5 gets my User Award.
Alec.

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digital_boi
20 Oct 2010 - 12:58 PM

excellent again Carol V5 is a cracker great work

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NeilWigan
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20 Oct 2010 - 1:37 PM

Cracking set of macro shots.

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Nikola
Nikola  3 India1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2010 - 1:40 PM

Tiny insectes + Great macro captures = Excellent images
Your gallery is full of it, keep up the great work.

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Cormy
Cormy  6 England
20 Oct 2010 - 1:54 PM

Good set,Carol.Cruel woman !!!!!!
Cheers
Alan

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Nettles
Nettles  7 England
20 Oct 2010 - 2:06 PM

A superb set Carol but I must admit that my favourite is version 5, that pose is fantastic.
Very well captured.
Annette

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TrevBatWCC
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20 Oct 2010 - 2:20 PM

I'm glad I've already eaten! Love how he's showing you his catch in V5, Carol! Brilliant set.
TrevB Smile

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kishanm14
kishanm14  5 India
20 Oct 2010 - 4:13 PM

Great set Carol.

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prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2010 - 4:22 PM

Perfect 10.

I too do not appreciate the the tradition of sacrifice.Just turned my head & all was over & no photograph.

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FeatherFriend
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20 Oct 2010 - 4:51 PM

This is an outstanding set Carol, you certainly know how to 'get em'
Geoff.

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lonely_oryx
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20 Oct 2010 - 5:12 PM

Brilliant set
11/10

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2010 - 5:26 PM

I will cast the 50th vote, on this spectacular macro set, Carol. "A little too violent for me,"...but, of course, well-taken, & documented...Peter

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jonwebber  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2010 - 5:32 PM

What wonderful photography. V5 here.
jon

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MandyD
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20 Oct 2010 - 5:39 PM

Fantastic set Carol, v5 is awesome!

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crookymonsta
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20 Oct 2010 - 5:41 PM

V5 has it for me today, the composition is superb and the background is so very complimentary. Too cold here today, first frost this morning!
Sandra

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20 Oct 2010 - 6:40 PM

Excellent set.

Ann

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unicorn17  5 Scotland
20 Oct 2010 - 8:01 PM

Mrs Dolittle v 5 is amazing ! Do watch out for your camera fingers though !!! Gill

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gingerdelight
20 Oct 2010 - 8:13 PM

Sad, but that is nature. Amazing images Carol, especially V5 which is my favourite.
Carol

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pluckyfilly
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20 Oct 2010 - 8:24 PM

great set I am going with V5 for the two animals and perspective - as in size and clarity of the two varied species

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20 Oct 2010 - 8:40 PM

I think this must be one of your best and most interesting compilations Carol. V5 is fantastic - it looks like a sacrificial scene with the grasshopper being offered up to the gods. Fabulous - well captured.
Brian.

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20 Oct 2010 - 8:42 PM

Truly amazing captures

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bluetitblue
20 Oct 2010 - 8:51 PM

Great set of macro shots V5 for me excellent capture.

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SteveMoulding
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20 Oct 2010 - 10:00 PM

Stunning set of well detailed macro's.
Steve.

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Anjantoo
Anjantoo  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2010 - 10:20 PM

Absolutely amazing Carol, you never fail to amaze. V5 is brilliant.
Jann
xxx

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bromley-smith
20 Oct 2010 - 11:04 PM

Stunning images Carol.
Tony

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ianrobinson
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20 Oct 2010 - 11:11 PM

really great images carol thx for sharing.

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sweetpea62
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21 Oct 2010 - 12:21 AM

Brilliant shot.well done.

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21 Oct 2010 - 4:21 AM

top set Carol

Stace

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RajaSidambaram
21 Oct 2010 - 1:41 PM

V5, I feel is one of the top shots, Carol.All photo enthusiasts should view V5. You are a wonderful recorder of Nature's events - Raja.

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21 Oct 2010 - 4:09 PM

V5 is absolutely amazing. It is hard to believe these creatures are so small, you have such a knack of capturing fantastic moments. Moira

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teocali
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22 Oct 2010 - 10:43 AM

Nothing short of amazing Carol - love the expression of triumph in V5. Fantastic series.
Sylvia

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norton
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22 Oct 2010 - 1:30 PM

Superb set of RAW images Carol, well spotted and captured...............

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viscostatic
23 Oct 2010 - 9:17 PM

Isn't nature amazing?!

Phil.

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chalkhillblue
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26 Oct 2010 - 8:20 PM

V5, a fantastic image Carol, superb observation and capture.
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26 Oct 2010 - 10:37 PM

An incredible set of natural history images, this is outstanding work

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jove
jove  6 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2010 - 3:13 PM

Hi, Carol.
Lovely macro work.
I am just glad these are not the same size as Mankind!!!!!
Joe.

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