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battle of the mantids!

By CarolG  
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!

Tags: Wildlife Nature Macro General Close-up Close-up and macro Praying mantis Wildlife and nature

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24 Oct 2011 6:05AM
Brilliant shots.....I really like number 4.
Well done.

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posty57 10 6 2 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2011 6:09AM
You even managed to get No 5 to take bow ! As I said, a circus..... Well spotted and captured, again Smile Keep them coming.
goso 11 2 1 Australia
24 Oct 2011 6:36AM
Sumo-Mantises - extraordinary work Carol ...Bill
Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
24 Oct 2011 6:39AM
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.

Glyn1 8 4 1 England
24 Oct 2011 7:16AM
excellent macro work a stunning series. Wink

KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
24 Oct 2011 7:26AM
Wow! You must have been thrilled to be a spectator! You've certainly captured them brilliantly!
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2011 7:33AM
I didn't realise they were so pretty. We have a lovely sunrise at the moment.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
24 Oct 2011 7:43AM
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.
Lu1989 6 23 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2011 8:24AM
I Love V5 Grin
PaulLiley 9 2 13 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2011 8:53AM
Excellent work Carol. well spotted and arranged for shooting. Never seen one of these live in the wild either. paul
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
24 Oct 2011 8:58AM
Nature in action - superb set.

viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2011 8:59AM
Well seen and photographed Carol. I didn't realise these creatures were so competetive. Also great to see one with its wings open.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2011 9:08AM
Bloomin' 'eck, I didn't know that got this physical. V5 is superb, the victor receiving the crowd's applause.
24 Oct 2011 9:09AM
Stunning shots I cannot pick one that is better than the other they are all spot on
Really interesting set. V3 is the one for me.
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2011 9:31AM
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
24 Oct 2011 9:40AM
absolutely mind blowingly brilliant as usual love em
24 Oct 2011 9:44AM
A brilliant series, Carol, all superby captured.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
24 Oct 2011 10:03AM
Just amazing Carol, each one in the set is super, and the each deserve a vote! Wink
Trev Smile
ringyneck 11 315 18 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2011 10:11AM
Brilliant set and great narrative.

lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
24 Oct 2011 10:27AM
Love the pose in #1
24 Oct 2011 10:27AM
A stunning set of macro's, Carol, all beautifully composed and captured.
24 Oct 2011 10:48AM
An amazing and wonderful series of macro shots Carol - have never seen the wings like that - just tremendous..Jo
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
24 Oct 2011 10:48AM
What a capture. A stunning set of images Carol.
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2011 11:27AM
Great sequence, Carol and lucky to get shots with open wings.
24 Oct 2011 12:08PM
Stunning series.
Cormy 10 3 England
24 Oct 2011 12:12PM
Great battle going on here,Carol.
Stace Plus
10 2 2 England
24 Oct 2011 12:13PM
excellent set Carol

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2011 12:17PM
What a fabulous set... well worth 5 votes
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
24 Oct 2011 1:04PM
Wonderful tale told so well in this fine set.

24 Oct 2011 1:29PM
Excelent shots!
24 Oct 2011 1:54PM
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.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
24 Oct 2011 2:02PM
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
maryg 9 66 18 Scotland
24 Oct 2011 2:16PM
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.
norton 14 6 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2011 2:21PM
Excellent set of images Carol all superbly captured................

24 Oct 2011 2:52PM
Brilliant Carol as usual..Lin
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
24 Oct 2011 3:11PM
A stunning set Carol, loved the write up and have a preference for V5 but all superb,
24 Oct 2011 3:15PM
one of your very best sets for sure each one is a winner

Graham GrinGrinGrin
24 Oct 2011 3:23PM
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..

moiral 8 12 Scotland
24 Oct 2011 4:16PM
Excellent set of captures Carol. Someone having a good bite in V4. With V5 beautifully displaying the 'victor'. Moira
jonwebber 9 4 1 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2011 5:33PM
Totally wonderful set.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2011 5:55PM
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
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
24 Oct 2011 7:52PM
Very impressive set of macro shots.

bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
24 Oct 2011 8:31PM
Great set Carol - I never realized they had such beautiful colouring on them.
24 Oct 2011 8:31PM
Excellent captures Carol and fabulous write up.
phil87 10 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2011 8:49PM
Super set of images great detail like V5.

Peagreen 7 1 1 England
24 Oct 2011 11:24PM
Superb set of images, Carol. Beautiful colour and detail, excellent captures. Fantastic write upSmile
Take care, Pauline
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2011 5:51AM
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
zanzibarwinds 14 205 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2011 6:13AM
Super set of photos Carol. Is it me or are these mantids quite large ?
25 Oct 2011 7:45AM
Amazing set Carol! Not many folk including David Attenborough will have seen them in full battle cry ! gill
ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2011 12:54PM
V5 then V3 are at the top of my list...
Great work...
25 Oct 2011 5:56PM
Excellent set and a great story. V5 looks so pleased with himself. A
27 Oct 2011 5:45AM
Excellent set of detailed captures.
LexEquine 12 19 United States
29 Oct 2011 9:51PM
"Tres Unique & Spectacular Show!" ~ LEx GrinWink
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
30 Oct 2011 8:25PM
A terrific set of images Carol, you've captured the drama and action so superbly

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