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A full frame capture of my adult female Orchid Praying Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) busy preening and cleaning up her powerful claws. These are her "killing tools" and have to be kept scrupulously clean to avoid fungal infections setting in, which could prove fatal. The little "feelers" protruding from her mouth are in fact "macerators" which grind her victims up when feeding.

My thanks to you all for your generous support of my last upload, with special thanks to Prabhas (Prabhusinha) for his User Award - very much appreciated and valued Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:9 Jul 2013 - 11:47 AM
Focal Length:100mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:640
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Partial
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Preening
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:12 Jul 2014 - 11:21 AM
Tags:Adult, Claws, Cleaning, Close-up / macro, Female, Hymenopus coronatus, Insect, Nature, Orchid Praying Mantis, Preening
Votes:31

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RLF
RLF e2 Member 4RLF vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2014 - 11:30 AM

Superb detail of this menacing insectSmile

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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12277 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2014 - 12:27 PM

Amazing creatures, Sylvia - beautifully detailed close up

Mike

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5143 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2014 - 1:50 PM

A very fine head on macro shot showing up so much detail of the anatomy of this critter.
R.

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 96185 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2014 - 4:09 PM

Now this IS a close-up

Like something from Predator

Adrian

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8147 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2014 - 6:59 PM

A stunning image, Sylvia. Carol

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oldgreyheron
oldgreyheron e2 Member 8124 forum postsoldgreyheron vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2014 - 7:09 PM

Very scary Sylvia, and beautifully rendered.

Mike

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8247 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2014 - 11:33 PM

A fabulous close up Sylvia, these charismatic characters are so comical and photogenic

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SteveMackay
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13 Jul 2014 - 12:31 AM

A fantastic image of this beauty, Sylvia!!!Smile, wonderful details, colours and the dark background works so well in my opinion!, the pose is brilliant and these amazing insects really have personality........you definitely did her lots of justice!!!SmileSmileSmile

So pleased to see you posting some quality images of your Mantids, happy days! Smile

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 8Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2014 - 4:46 PM

Superb macro shot Sylvia. Great image-- but my Lord he is ugly !!!!!! Hope he has a kind Ma to love him!!!!!!!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

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