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marktc Plus
7 96 15 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 5:45AM
Wow Carol, that's an amazing shot! I've never seen a mantis in this pose before, very impressive isn't he! A superb capture.

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Ade_Osman 14 4.5k 36 England
27 Aug 2012 5:49AM
You shouldn't complain really mate, at least you get them......But then again you don't see Hedgepiggie's so I guess that's fair Wink

annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
27 Aug 2012 6:07AM
Didn't know they went to war, paint and all!
But then again, I saw a mantis eating a hopper bigger than herself on saturday ...
And you are right, not many about.

A fantastic shot btw.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 6:13AM
A rather fantastic macro photograph Carol, full of gorgeous natural colour, superb detail, which enhances the beauty of this rather handsome looking 'Mantis' even further, and so very well indeed. A real pleasure to sit back view and admire greatly.

Regards Nathan
tonyguitar 5 61 36 Canada
27 Aug 2012 6:28AM
He looks so different. Looks like the demise of a butterfly somehow. Our mantis are usually a livid green in colour. Lots to learn in the mantis realm. TG
EAS 8 1 13 Scotland
27 Aug 2012 6:30AM
Wonderful pose and colours. He's making quite a display!

howdog 9 25 1 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 7:01AM
Great work Carol! Now we know where the idea came from for the film Alien!Smile
KarenFB Plus
11 4.9k 171 England
27 Aug 2012 7:15AM
Wonderful colours!
NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
27 Aug 2012 7:32AM
Great close up shot............he does look angry..........SmileSmileSmile
fentiger 16 916 24 England
27 Aug 2012 7:38AM
One of your very best Carol ~ excellent macro.

27 Aug 2012 7:40AM
Beautifully done, Carol. Really seems to be very angry. Deep
27 Aug 2012 8:11AM
Super capture, Carol.

CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 8:14AM
Good image showing its aggressive postureSmile
moiral 7 12 Scotland
27 Aug 2012 8:15AM
Very well captured Carol.
A definite lack of bugs this year. Was just saying the other day that I had seen few wasps, then discovered a nest in my shed Sad, bug man called in to remove it. Moira
27 Aug 2012 8:29AM
good one Carol lots of colours and tones not seen before in a mantis

Jasper87 Plus
7 1.9k 150 England
27 Aug 2012 8:30AM
Did you not hang around for the fight?Smile A rather impressive pre-fight 'display', Carol.

Rock Plus
15 10 2 England
27 Aug 2012 8:36AM

jonwebber 9 4 1 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 8:42AM
A chest beating moment, methinks. Well caught.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.0k 30 England
27 Aug 2012 9:03AM
Wow, that's wonderful Carol. I never even knew they had little wing things, let alone seen them. And the whiskers! Top shot. Smile
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 10:18AM
Irishkate Plus
7 41 111 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 11:39AM
Gosh the mantis looks a very large insect - you've captured it's size and shape so well
in a great Natural History image.
I admire your understanding of it's mood.
posty57 9 6 2 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 11:57AM
That's what happens when the female population gets out of hand...a lesson to us all GrinGrinGrin

Nice to see the not very often seen wings.

TonyDy Plus
8 7 3 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 11:59AM
Superb shot, Carol - I have never been able to capture one in this pose. obviously, the ones I have come across were more laid back!!!
superb image carol.ray
27 Aug 2012 1:52PM
Stunning capture,
27 Aug 2012 1:53PM
Straight from comic book like a mini Dragon taking off.
27 Aug 2012 2:12PM
Wow what excellent timing and detail brill.
Silverzone 10 2 England
27 Aug 2012 2:26PM
Super pose. Just as I was starting to see some butterflies emerging the heavens have opened again and more bank holiday events have had to be cancelled. Sylvia
27 Aug 2012 3:27PM
Great detailed shot Carol...........would love to see one of these,
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
27 Aug 2012 4:21PM
Stunning Carol, seen these in Cyprus but not lucky to get a good shot of one.


27 Aug 2012 4:23PM
That is an amazing shot, the detail is fabulous.
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 4:54PM
Brilliant shot.
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
27 Aug 2012 5:05PM
What a wondeful pose from this little chap, it looks just like a mythical creature
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
27 Aug 2012 5:23PM
Superb Carol - it looks like it is showing its battle colours in those wings.
hiya carol Smile

see your as fab at this insect lark as ever

fab fab fab shot x
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 11 England
27 Aug 2012 7:10PM
Super shot, Carol, not many bugs and creepy-crawlies around here - think they've all gone abroad to escape this miserable weather we're having! Wink
Trev Smile
dmhuynh72 9 44 3 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 7:17PM
I thought they are normally green in colour Carol? Just hope they'll be back soon, and a lovely capture.
27 Aug 2012 7:28PM
A brilliant pose and a superb capture Carol..Lin
mikepearce 9 3 1 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 9:08PM
Great. Macro work of an amazing creature!
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 9:21PM
OOOerrrrrrr fantastic shot Carol
pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1961 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 9:53PM
There may not be so many bugs around, but you always find some, Carol.
What a superb image, and it's lovely to see the mantis's wings too.
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2012 6:08AM
Lovely! What amazing multicolour wings!
Could it be for a mating display? Great capture! IB
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2012 6:11AM
Still trying to vote... Grin
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2012 12:34PM
Wow............ great shot Carol!
LexEquine 11 19 United States
28 Aug 2012 4:53PM
'Superfine {A++++} color Mantis Shot,' Carol! ~~ Wink

~ Peter
Tibetan 5 3 England
30 Aug 2012 11:08AM
Not a great fan of these but! a super shot all the same, regards leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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