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WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY – LOPATCONG, NJ

Photographed by Donna A. Fiore is a Praying Mantis. This Praying Mantis was captured using a Nikon D200 attached to a Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6g IF-ED AF-S DX VR lens in the rural town of Lopatcong, New Jersey. The praying mantis (Mantis religiosa) is named for its prominent front legs, which are bent and held together at an angle that suggests the position of prayer.

The larger group of these insects is more properly called the praying mantids. Mantis refers to the genus mantis, to which only some praying mantids belong. By any name, these fascinating insects are formidable predators. They have triangular heads poised on a long “neck,” or elongated thorax. Mantids can turn their heads 180 degrees to scan their surroundings with two large compound eyes and three other simple eyes located between them.

Typically green or brown and well camouflaged on the plants among which they live, mantis lie in ambush or patiently stalk their quarry. They use their front legs to snare their prey with reflexes so quick that they are difficult to see with the naked eye. Their legs are further equipped with spikes for snaring prey and pinning it in place.

Moths, crickets, grasshoppers, flies, and other insects are usually the unfortunate recipients of unwanted mantid attention. However, the insects will also eat others of their own kind. The most famous example of this is the notorious mating behavior of the adult female, who sometimes eats her mate just after—or even during—mating. Yet this behavior seems not to deter males from reproduction.

Subject Photo exif Data

  • Credit - Donna A. Fiore
  • Camera - Nikon D200
  • Date Created - June 13, 2012, 11:51 pm
  • Title - Praying Mantis
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13 Comments

 
  1. Marta112 says:

    Cool wildlife photo

  2. The Twizzlecaps (@TheTwizzlecaps) says:

    RT @classwatchuk: Great #photography – there is something quite enthralling about these creatures http://t.co/Fzk6Geie #Photo

  3. @SixLegsNews says:

    Ridley Scott will never design a better beast than this. http://t.co/LATCOCAJ #insects #mantis

  4. @Luminaria98 says:

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  5. Deborah (@dgdreamin) says:

    Incredible macro! RT @Photobug52: Praying Mantis http://t.co/C1lfqDFX

  6. Billy Size Rogers (@Whatsizebilly) says:

    Praying Mantis http://t.co/cL7DdJgM

  7. @richiest says:

    As always, beautiful photos. Great information too.

  8. @wolfpjw says:

    Praying Mantis http://t.co/kFYNs0OP

  9. @myLondontours says:

    Praying Mantis http://t.co/BPeaMHb8 via @wibiya WHAT A GRACE! WHAT A BEAUTY! #photography #nature

  10. Rolly says:

    Amazing photo. I like the info as well.

  11. Lisa says:

    I remember them in Thassos, Greece. Quite eerie really. Just eyeing up the people as they walked by. Some really quite big too. Love them .. interesting critters 😀

  12. Alan S. Hochman says:

    Hi Lisa
    I agree, they are very eerie looking critters 🙂

  13. Charlie@Seattle Trekker says:

    An absolutely amazing photo…I love the detail.

 

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