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Orchid Praying Mantis with Prey

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My female Orchid Mantis Nymph (Hymenopus coronatus) with prey. Perching on lavender.

This species is characterized by brilliant colouring and a structure finely adapted for camouflage, mimicking parts of the orchid flower. The four walking legs resemble flower petals, the toothed front pair being used as in other mantises for grasping prey.
H. coronatus shows some of the most pronounced sexual dimorphism of any species of mantis; males can be less than half the size of females.
First stage nymphs mimic bugs of the family Reduviidae, which have a powerful bite and are foul tasting.
The mantis can change its colour between pink and brown, according to the colour of the background.
*Description courtesy of Wikipedia

Thank you all for your generous upport of yesterday's upload - always appreciated Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:8 Jul 2014 - 3:15 PM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/50sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:500
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Orchid Praying Mantis with Prey
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:9 Jul 2014 - 9:59 AM
Tags:Captive, Close-up / macro, Female, Hymenopus coronatus, Lavender, Moth, Nature, Nymph, Orchid Praying Mantis, Prey
Votes:34

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debu
debu  4 India
9 Jul 2014 - 10:02 AM

Lovely image and nicely presented.
debu

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Craggwildlife
Craggwildlife e2 Member 672 forum postsCraggwildlife vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2014 - 10:57 AM

very well presented

David

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
9 Jul 2014 - 12:04 PM

Wonderful insect! How curious! Grin
Sorry I have run out of awards... IB

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9 Jul 2014 - 12:21 PM

You seem to be having loads of fun with your new petsWink

Adrian

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9 Jul 2014 - 1:33 PM

Another well composed and presented image. - gary

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Ted447
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9 Jul 2014 - 2:17 PM

Lovely image. Ted. GrinGrin

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ali63
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9 Jul 2014 - 2:30 PM

Excellent image,

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DonMc
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9 Jul 2014 - 4:50 PM

Amazing!SmileSmileSmile
Don

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tonyng
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9 Jul 2014 - 5:05 PM

Another classic shot.

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11 Jul 2014 - 9:25 PM

Wonderful colours and comp Sylvia, they must be fascinating creatures to observe

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