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Praying Mantis
16-SEP-2012 Vern Rogers (fotabug)

Praying Mantis

I didn't realize these guys were so big! And I thought that they were only green, but I looked online and saw some others this color. The mantis was on my gate in a vertical position, so I rotated the image for a better look at it. This is the first one I have seen around here.

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REBECCA LEBERMAN 21-Sep-2012 16:45
Really nice crisp close up and I love the vivid colors.
Marcia Colelli21-Sep-2012 01:18
Wonderful up close capture. Nice details and colors V
Laura Milholland20-Sep-2012 03:31
That is a gorgeous shot of him, Vern! I've only ever seen a couple of these. Great find, and winning shot.
Steve Thuman20-Sep-2012 03:20
Ooops, meant green in wet areas.
Steve Thuman20-Sep-2012 03:19
Great photo of it!did you know they change colors based on whether they are in a dry or more wet environment? Low humidity and dry surroundings and they turn brown, green plants and higher humidity and they turn brown.
Aaron M20-Sep-2012 00:12
Nice Vern! Beautiful color in this mantis! Just curious -- did you have to crop this quite a bit? It looks like there's a lot of noise and it's only ISO 200
sandy barbour19-Sep-2012 23:11
They are such interesting insects aren't they? Great find!
paplvr19-Sep-2012 20:34
They aren't often seen, you are lucky here. Great catch. Linda S
Paul Milholland19-Sep-2012 20:02
They look like something out of a 1950's sci-fi/horror movie. ;-)
Helen Betts19-Sep-2012 19:39
Outstanding capture, Vern, with excellent detail. He sure does look big! V.
JSB PHOTOGRAPHS19-Sep-2012 19:32
I like his color, wonderful shot Vern.
Pierre Schneider19-Sep-2012 18:32
Excellent very good photo ! v
Clay Swatzell19-Sep-2012 18:22
Nicely spotted Vern.
Barry Ailetcher19-Sep-2012 17:26
super shot I always thought they were green also
Jeannie19-Sep-2012 16:24
Beautiful closeup shot
parrothouse19-Sep-2012 15:36
It has it's fall colors on!
Walter O. Koenig19-Sep-2012 15:34
Great details. Very well composed. "V"
Judith Barnett19-Sep-2012 15:31
You are so lucky Vern! I had two mantis eggs hatch and released them outside early this summer but I have only seen a couple of small ones. I usually bring a large on in the house for my critter cage and photo ops. Some varieties go through color changes, but there are different varieties in different colors also. They do change a little based on what they are sitting on. Here is one of my cooperative house models:
Jean-Sebastien19-Sep-2012 14:39
Fascinating... And beautiful combination of colours!! -V-
Vickie BROWN19-Sep-2012 14:04
Great shot, we do have this colour of the mantis but very rare here. V
Jack Hoying19-Sep-2012 13:29
Good photo of it. We see quite a few every year. A friends son kept one (apparently female) in an aquarium in his room and his mother was quite excited to find one day that there were at least 50 tiny versions walking all over the bedroom wall!
Jim Coffman19-Sep-2012 12:53
Wow, this is fantastic!!
Clarence King19-Sep-2012 12:44
Nice shot Vern, good closeup fine detail. From what I have read they are green if the season is wet and brown if the season is dry. v
Ruth Voorhis19-Sep-2012 12:37
Wow, what an intriguing, well detailed catch!
Mike H.19-Sep-2012 12:21
Great close-up.
burtmann19-Sep-2012 11:49
Wonderful color and detail. Well done. v
Roger Bailey19-Sep-2012 11:26
A great image, I have only seen green ones.
Bea.19-Sep-2012 10:32
Well done Vern, such interesting creatures.
danad19-Sep-2012 07:39
The white and turquoise emphasized the shape and colors of the Mantis. V.
graham 19-Sep-2012 07:38
super shot Vern
joseantonio19-Sep-2012 06:53
fascinating details...V
Marco Valk19-Sep-2012 06:37
Cool shot.
J Ponces19-Sep-2012 06:15
I saw some in Guinea, Africa, half a meter big (50cms)... Really huge! Pity no camera, as I was only 11...
John Reynolds19-Sep-2012 05:54
Great close up image. Fascinating. V.
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