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Spiny Flower Mantis (Pseudocreobotra wahlbergi)

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Pseudocreobotra wahlbergi, or Spiny Flower Mantis, is a small Flower Mantis (1.5 inches or 38 millimetres) native to southern and eastern Africa. It mimics a flower in order to attract pollinating prey and is very aggressive in it's behaviour.
This one is a sub-adult female nymph who will develop wings at her next moult. Perching on a lavender flower head, it gives you some idea of scale - she is very tiny.

Many thanks for your generous support of my last image - really 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 - 3:38 PM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/15sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Spiny Flower Mantis (Pseudocreobotra wahlbergi)
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:11 Jul 2014 - 2:12 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Female, Insect, Lavender flower, Nature, Nymph, Praying mantis, Pseudocreobotra wahlbergi, Spiny flower mantis
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PhilT2
PhilT2 e2 Member 4104 forum postsPhilT2 vcard England14 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2014 - 2:18 PM

Now that is something you don't see every day............superbly composed image

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Greyheron
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11 Jul 2014 - 2:42 PM

Amazing little creature Sylvia - I can see how you are both drawn to them…

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prabhusinha
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11 Jul 2014 - 3:10 PM

Wonderfull

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KarenFB
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11 Jul 2014 - 3:14 PM

She is absolutely gorgeous! "Aggressive"! Look at that little face - she's innocent!!

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 7576 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2014 - 3:40 PM

How wonderful is nature to create something as unusual and beautiful as this and just as wonderful of you to capture it so well.


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Chinga
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11 Jul 2014 - 3:47 PM

Wonderful camouflage! She is such a beauty that praying manthis...
Good image! Grin
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Maiwand
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11 Jul 2014 - 4:08 PM

Wonderful capture Sylvia. A very curious little creature. Great shot.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
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Richsr
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11 Jul 2014 - 6:04 PM

Like the good details and colours in this Sylvia, a well worked image
Regards
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TonyDy
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11 Jul 2014 - 7:33 PM

Great shot, Sylvia.
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Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7126 forum postsTrev_B vcard England66 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2014 - 8:12 PM

Woooooow that's some disguise…… well done Sylvia, spot on.

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ali63
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11 Jul 2014 - 8:13 PM

Top class image,

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tomcat
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11 Jul 2014 - 9:08 PM

Your new adventure is producing some fantastic images Sylvia

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Glostopcat
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11 Jul 2014 - 9:22 PM

What a beautifully coloured and marked insect Sylvia, a really stunning image of it

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tonyng
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11 Jul 2014 - 11:25 PM

Whoah! Amazing. Great shot Sylvia.

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2014 - 2:31 AM

Wow! She's amazing! Must be female dressed like that. Excellent capture.

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SteveMackay
13 Jul 2014 - 12:32 AM

A stunning shot and wonderful flower perch too!, amazing species and photo, Sylvia!Smile

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JohnoP
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13 Aug 2014 - 10:17 PM

Simply extraordinary Sylvia! Smile John

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viscostatic
21 Aug 2014 - 10:25 AM

What a beautiful little creature Sylvia.

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