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Preening

By teocali
A full frame capture of my adult female Orchid Praying Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) busy preening and cleaning up her powerful claws. These are her "killing tools" and have to be kept scrupulously clean to avoid fungal infections setting in, which could prove fatal. The little "feelers" protruding from her mouth are in fact "macerators" which grind her victims up when feeding.

My thanks to you all for your generous support of my last upload, with special thanks to Prabhas (Prabhusinha) for his User Award - very much appreciated and valued Smile

Tags: Cleaning Nature Female Adult Insect Close-up and macro Preening Claws Orchid Praying Mantis Hymenopus coronatus

Voters: RLF, gwynn56, wrinkles and 28 more

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Comments


RLF Plus
6 17 4 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2014 11:30AM
Superb detail of this menacing insectSmile

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Greyheron Plus
14 280 7 England
12 Jul 2014 12:27PM
Amazing creatures, Sylvia - beautifully detailed close up

Mike
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
12 Jul 2014 1:50PM
A very fine head on macro shot showing up so much detail of the anatomy of this critter.
R.
tomcat Plus
10 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2014 4:09PM
Now this IS a close-up

Like something from Predator

Adrian
CarolG Plus
9 193 18 Greece
12 Jul 2014 6:59PM
A stunning image, Sylvia. Carol
12 Jul 2014 7:09PM
Very scary Sylvia, and beautifully rendered.

Mike
Glostopcat Plus
10 255 2 England
12 Jul 2014 11:33PM
A fabulous close up Sylvia, these charismatic characters are so comical and photogenic
13 Jul 2014 12:31AM
A fantastic image of this beauty, Sylvia!!!Smile, wonderful details, colours and the dark background works so well in my opinion!, the pose is brilliant and these amazing insects really have personality........you definitely did her lots of justice!!!SmileSmileSmile

So pleased to see you posting some quality images of your Mantids, happy days! Smile
Maiwand Plus
9 3 71 England
13 Jul 2014 4:46PM
Superb macro shot Sylvia. Great image-- but my Lord he is ugly !!!!!! Hope he has a kind Ma to love him!!!!!!!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

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