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Cone Head Mantis

By fishiee
Thanks to all for the comments and votes on my last upload and special thanks to marktc for the GEA and Alan Baseley's UA.

Unfortunately today was not a good day for me. After 5 happy years together my canon 50D looks to have gone to a better place, it's final shot a nice open winged Adonis Blue this morning. It has expired hot on the tail of my Sigma 150 Macro lens that died in the spring and my PC that died in July, so it has been an expensive few months!

Pretty bad timing for the 50D as I am going on Holiday next Saturday, same day that the 7DII is supposed to be revealed, which was the camera I was kind of holding out for, and now I am deciding whether I buy a 70D this week as a stop gap or contemplate going on holiday without a camera for the first time ever and wait and see if the 7DII is that much better. I think I'll probably I'll have to plump for a 70D short term. Bit of a bummer!!

Anyway, in the meantime, here is the image I had prepared last night for uploading. A rather impressive Cone Head Mantis from Provence last spring. I'd only ever had a fleeting glimpse of one once before a few years previously, but last year I found a couple that were the perfect models so I really went to town with them. They were my highlight of 2013 Smile

Now off to research lots and probably spend lots! Sad

Tags: Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

Voters: gwynn56, Ade_Osman, JohnoP and 28 more

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Ade_Osman 18 4.5k 36 England
31 Aug 2014 1:47PM
Another belter here John...

JohnoP 15 2
31 Aug 2014 1:51PM
Oh my! Simply the highlight of my day viewing this John! Just fabulous really need to know what you are looking for to have spotted this! Incredible work! Smile John p.s. bad luck on the camera...good luck with the decision! Wink John
KarenFB Plus
15 5.7k 182 England
31 Aug 2014 1:53PM
Sorry your camera has died - I know the feeling!!! Sad (My S3 died a few weeks ago, I can't justify the expense of replacing it so am now using my compact!).

This is a wonderful image - what a beautiful creature!! I'll swap all the UK spiders for a few mantis! Grin
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
31 Aug 2014 2:50PM
What a stunning mantis, John, and a superb capture. Very few mantis to be found here this yearSad Carol
ali63 9 791 1 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2014 3:29PM
Amazing image, very well camouflaged,

Ali SmileSmile
FeatherFriend 13 38 217 England
31 Aug 2014 6:02PM
Excellent image John, the detail and dof is superb, good luck with whatever you decide to go for,
DerekL 16 228 24 England
31 Aug 2014 9:06PM
Am amazing, well camouflaged insect, captured in a beautiful image John.
Sorry to here of your woes. Hope you get sorted out for the better soon?

marktc Plus
10 101 15 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2014 10:28PM
Superb capture... The 70D is a great bit of kit can't imagine using it as just a stopgap!
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
1 Sep 2014 1:37AM
Amazing how it has found a flower that resembles him so much. Maybe that's why he's there. It sure is a fabulous image and so deserving of the awards. Hope all goes well with the buying you're about to do.
Shaji84 6 4 India
1 Sep 2014 10:17AM
That's an amazing capture!
viscostatic 14 50 11 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2014 11:41AM
This is an excellent photograph of an amazing creature. I am still trying to work out which bit is the head - ok, it must be the bit furthest from the legs.

1 Sep 2014 12:51PM
What an amazing creature - amazing camouflage, so well spotted !! Superb image.

Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
2 Sep 2014 6:10PM
A fantastic close up of this amazing insect, it is brilliantly cameouflaged, you must have the eyes of a hawk to spot this!
3 Sep 2014 3:54PM
Amazing! What camouflage!!

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