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raw nature

By CarolG  
Today’s set of uploads is not for the squeamish! I was taking my usual stroll, with cam, in the meadow yesterday, but was not expecting to find anything to photograph as it was so windy. I had virtually given up when I almost trod on this beautiful preying mantis, together with its prey, a little grasshopper. He was the largest mantis that I have seen, about 3” in length, and proudly holding his dinner in his front ‘paws’. When I produced the camera he started to eat his dinner, which unfortunately was still alive at the time (he obviously likes his dinner hot! I have uploaded V.5 at the end, not the best of the bunch, but the first image I took, where the mantis was proudly holding up the little grasshopper for me to see.

Tags: Nature General Close-up Grasshopper Insect Bug Close-up and macro Preying mantis Wildlife and nature

Voters: jeb2012, jaktis, LynneJoyce and 83 more

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20 Oct 2010 5:28AM
A excellent capture

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jaktis 14 84 Sweden
20 Oct 2010 5:42AM
A great capture of the feeding

LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 5:47AM
Yum yum! V5 is particularly dramatic.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
20 Oct 2010 5:50AM
Wow Carol! You have a way with bugs. V5 looks like he was offering it to you. I think these creatures are aware of you being the saviour of so many of their friends and family. You will be known as the Bug Goddess. LOL............Sandy
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
20 Oct 2010 5:57AM
these are amazing Carol
20 Oct 2010 5:59AM
Fantastic set, especialy V5. Excellent work.
20 Oct 2010 6:56AM
you are now known as the bug lady ! these are awesome truly brilliant
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 6:59AM
stunning series Carol,
VIKI 11 18 1 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 7:01AM
5 wows here again Carol!!!!!
tashi 7 2
20 Oct 2010 7:20AM
Fantastic images! Yes, all of them are excellent macro shots; great colour and detail; very fascinating, too. Well done.
Alvar 11 23 2 France
20 Oct 2010 7:20AM
Lovely composition and colours. Well done.
Ian_R 7 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 7:26AM
Stunningly dramatic well done, love V5 - Ian
Freila 7 107
20 Oct 2010 7:39AM
OMG.... Amazing. I would ask for a nice pretty flower tomorrow but I Know we will all be looking for you next bug up load. Brilliant. Great set of shot love the way you ended the set with V5
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 7:51AM

andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 8:03AM
stunning set carol v3 for me today nice one Wink
Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
20 Oct 2010 8:03AM
I do wish I had eaten breakfast before viewing .

It goes to show even insects have a mean streak , or should that be"A tasty steak "

Off for my cornflakes !

lesarnott 8 11 2 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 8:09AM
Great series, awesome macro work.
videotec 9 8 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 8:31AM
Fantastic images Carol, V3 is my favourite.
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 8:34AM
It looks like she's enjoying her meal.... Excellent set, great documentation,
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 8:36AM
V5 really is special .... surreal even
Looks like no breaky for me today
But what 5 wonderful shots you have got
Cor 9 Belgium
20 Oct 2010 8:55AM
[i]A SUPERB serie. Congratulations Carol!
And V5 is stunning
goso 11 2 1 Australia
20 Oct 2010 9:10AM
Terrific set Carol - I told you before those Grasshopper drumsticks look delicious !...Bill
Silverzone 10 2 England
20 Oct 2010 9:15AM
Terrific set, great to be 30. Sylvia
RTDS 9 Cyprus
20 Oct 2010 9:41AM
Excellent set of captures Carol.
Great details in them all.
I say that the V5 is the best of the set. Excellent that one.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 9:43AM
Super set. But it may be some time before I can fancy crunching on crisps again...
V5 is the outstanding shot and really does deserve its own upload, it's quite extraordinary.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
20 Oct 2010 10:09AM
This must be one of the most amazing sets I have seen ,Carol. Nothing of the body and head left by v 4. Congrats. on the UAs awarded....richly deserved.
akhtarkhan 16 4 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 10:40AM
Fantastic set of macro work again. Great composition. V5 I like most.
SandraKay Plus
11 233 4 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 10:51AM
Very gruesome but absolutely fascinating.
paddyman 9 66 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 11:55AM
Stunning set of macro shots,and V5 is brill well done Carol..
V5 gets my User Award.
20 Oct 2010 12:58PM
excellent again Carol V5 is a cracker great work
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
20 Oct 2010 1:37PM
Cracking set of macro shots.
Nikola 7 1 India
20 Oct 2010 1:40PM
Tiny insectes + Great macro captures = Excellent images
Your gallery is full of it, keep up the great work.
Cormy 10 3 England
20 Oct 2010 1:54PM
Good set,Carol.Cruel woman !!!!!!
Nettles 11 England
20 Oct 2010 2:06PM
A superb set Carol but I must admit that my favourite is version 5, that pose is fantastic.
Very well captured.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
20 Oct 2010 2:20PM
I'm glad I've already eaten! Love how he's showing you his catch in V5, Carol! Brilliant set.
TrevB Smile
20 Oct 2010 4:13PM
Great set Carol.
20 Oct 2010 4:22PM
Perfect 10.

I too do not appreciate the the tradition of sacrifice.Just turned my head & all was over & no photograph.
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
20 Oct 2010 4:51PM
This is an outstanding set Carol, you certainly know how to 'get em'
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
20 Oct 2010 5:12PM
Brilliant set
LexEquine 12 19 United States
20 Oct 2010 5:26PM
I will cast the 50th vote, on this spectacular macro set, Carol. "A little too violent for me,"...but, of course, well-taken, & documented...Peter
jonwebber 9 4 1 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 5:32PM
What wonderful photography. V5 here.
MandyD Plus
9 16,777.2k 1 England
20 Oct 2010 5:39PM
Fantastic set Carol, v5 is awesome!
crookymonsta Plus
10 838 10 England
20 Oct 2010 5:41PM
V5 has it for me today, the composition is superb and the background is so very complimentary. Too cold here today, first frost this morning!
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
20 Oct 2010 6:40PM
Excellent set.

20 Oct 2010 8:01PM
Mrs Dolittle v 5 is amazing ! Do watch out for your camera fingers though !!! Gill
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 8:13PM
Sad, but that is nature. Amazing images Carol, especially V5 which is my favourite.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 8:24PM
great set I am going with V5 for the two animals and perspective - as in size and clarity of the two varied species
bricurtis 12 2.2k 49 England
20 Oct 2010 8:40PM
I think this must be one of your best and most interesting compilations Carol. V5 is fantastic - it looks like a sacrificial scene with the grasshopper being offered up to the gods. Fabulous - well captured.
Bodiewil 10 46 Wales
20 Oct 2010 8:42PM
Truly amazing captures
20 Oct 2010 8:51PM
Great set of macro shots V5 for me excellent capture.
20 Oct 2010 10:00PM
Stunning set of well detailed macro's.
Anjantoo 10 7 1 England
20 Oct 2010 10:20PM
Absolutely amazing Carol, you never fail to amaze. V5 is brilliant.
20 Oct 2010 11:04PM
Stunning images Carol.
ianrobinson Plus
8 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 11:11PM
really great images carol thx for sharing.
21 Oct 2010 12:21AM
Brilliant shot.well done.
Stace Plus
10 2 2 England
21 Oct 2010 4:21AM
top set Carol

V5, I feel is one of the top shots, Carol.All photo enthusiasts should view V5. You are a wonderful recorder of Nature's events - Raja.
moiral 8 12 Scotland
21 Oct 2010 4:09PM
V5 is absolutely amazing. It is hard to believe these creatures are so small, you have such a knack of capturing fantastic moments. Moira
teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
22 Oct 2010 10:43AM
Nothing short of amazing Carol - love the expression of triumph in V5. Fantastic series.
norton 14 6 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2010 1:30PM
Superb set of RAW images Carol, well spotted and captured...............

viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2010 9:17PM
Isn't nature amazing?!

26 Oct 2010 8:20PM
V5, a fantastic image Carol, superb observation and capture.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
26 Oct 2010 10:37PM
An incredible set of natural history images, this is outstanding work
jove 10 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2010 3:13PM
Hi, Carol.
Lovely macro work.
I am just glad these are not the same size as Mankind!!!!!

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