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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

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RLF Plus
8 18 4 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2014 11:30AM
Superb detail of this menacing insectSmile

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Greyheron 16 282 7 England
12 Jul 2014 12:27PM
Amazing creatures, Sylvia - beautifully detailed close up

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
12 Jul 2014 1:50PM
A very fine head on macro shot showing up so much detail of the anatomy of this critter.
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2014 4:09PM
Now this IS a close-up

Like something from Predator

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
12 Jul 2014 6:59PM
A stunning image, Sylvia. Carol
12 Jul 2014 7:09PM
Very scary Sylvia, and beautifully rendered.

Glostopcat 12 255 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 definitely did her lots of justice!!!SmileSmileSmile

So pleased to see you posting some quality images of your Mantids, happy days! Smile
Maiwand 11 3 73 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

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