Carolina Mantid at Big Cypress WMA

 
 
 
Carolina Mantid at Big Cypress WMA

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY – BIG CYPRESS WMA, FL

This photo is of a Carolina Mantid that was taken at the Big Cypress Wildlife Management Area in Collier County, Florida. This is a remarkable insect that I was fortunate enough to observe. While walking along a trail I noticed a Gulf Fritillary Butterfly. It landed and I went to take its picture. All of a sudden it was impaled by this Carolina Mantid, which I did not immediately see due to its ability to camouflage itself, and which promptly started to devour it! The camera gear used in this photo was a Nikon D90 body and a Nikkor 60mm 2.8 lens.

The Carolina Mantid (Stagmomantis carolina) grows to a length of approximately 2 3/8 inches. Its appearance is pale green or brownish gray. In the Carolina Mantid, the long front pair of legs are held bent, as if in prayer. The neck of the Carolina mantid is very flexible as it can turn in all directions. The wings are shorter than the abdomen. The habitat for the Carolina Mantid is shrubs found in fields, and gardens.

Subject Photo exif Data

  • Aperture - ƒ/8
  • Credit - Alan S Hochman
  • Camera - NIKON D80
  • Date Created - August 1, 2009, 7:59 pm
  • Focal length - 60mm
  • Iso - 500
  • Shutter speed - 1/125
  • Title - Carolina Mantis eating Butterfly
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9 Comments

 
  1. RobertoS25 says:

    Love it!

  2. Josh25 says:

    Love your photo’s

  3. Robert.H says:

    Fabulous photo

  4. Suzanne Wainwright (@BugladySuzanne) says:

    @liquidfence another for you.. mantid eating butterfly http://bit.ly/kkqY7O

  5. Alan S Hochman Photo (@Photobug52) (@Photobug52) says:

    Carolina Mantid http://bit.ly/jleW3R #carolina #mantid #featured #insects

  6. JasonW says:

    Alan, you got talent!

  7. Ralph1299 says:

    How do you find these places to shoot your photos?

  8. alicia pavon says:

    very, very nice!!!!

  9. Alan S. Hochman says:

    Thank you Alicia

 

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