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Praying Mantis
Lens: Tamron 90mm F2.8 Macro Camera: Pentax K-5 ISO: 400 Shutter Speed: 1/250s Aperture: F11 
Posted By: pop4, 03-03-2011, 08:07 PM

Just thought I'd share a quick photo of a praying mantis I came across in my backyard yesterday:

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Nice and sharp where it needs to be. Well done.
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Love it. I actually love these creatures. I had one of them on my doorstep on one day and that guy was so cooperative. He would pose for me and would not look away from the lens for a moment.
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What was the photo doing in your back yard? .
For some reason the faces of the mantis are the most interesting in bugdom to me a least. You can almost hear this guy saying "What the heck is that man up to." Nice and sharp. I love it.

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Interesting looking fellow, nicely posed.
Thanks for sharing.
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Very nice macro James, thanks for showing us.
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Nice facial expression. When I was in Jamaica a couple months ago I found a mini Praying mantis, first time I ever saw one so small, it was less than an inch long, but otherwise was a normal praying mantis. Not sure if it was a baby or a small variant
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I like it - we have them here but I have not seen one for quite a while - don't think I saw one at all last summer.

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QuoteOriginally posted by RonakG Quote
He would pose for me and would not look away from the lens for a moment.
Yeah, looking through all the shots I took, his eyes were following me EVERYWHERE, regardless of where I was. But hey, if there was something strange that's a hundred times bigger than me moving around, and making clicking sounds, I'd be sure to keep my eyes on it too...

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I like it - we have them here but I have not seen one for quite a while - don't think I saw one at all last summer.
First time I've ever seen one in my backyard, and I've been living here for close to twenty years...

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