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zonbonzovi

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Hierudola sp., frontin'



Youse wants summa dis?



Ghosty(Phyllocrania paradoxa)



 

Travis K

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WOW John,

Those are some nice pics and great mantis'.
 

aluras

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Wow, Those are some nice pics. Did you have them since they were smaller? Do they live for a while? either way great photos.
 

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Thanks, y'all- these were raised by my wife from young nymphs. We should be doing some mating soon(the mantids, not us;)). The leafiness of the legs/wings is for camouflage. Mantids live typically from 8 months to 2 years.
 
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A couple more:

I forget the binomial...brain is scattered today

 

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doesnt it hurt when they grab u with those sharp arm thingys? I was hurt by a mantis when i was little (found it in the garden) so I quickly lost intrest haha
 

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doesnt it hurt when they grab u with those sharp arm thingys? I was hurt by a mantis when i was little (found it in the garden) so I quickly lost intrest haha
Nah, you get used to it when doing maintenance. After being needled by Lethocerus & bitten by fire ants this summer, I tend not to notice much anymore;)
 

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The lighting was just perfect in that last set. How long did you and the mantis have to stay out in the sun to get it just right? :}
 

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Bugs, morning light is my best friend! If I can drag my body out of bed it is the best time to shoot, esp. before clouds start moving about...afternoon light is so uneven from moment to moment.
 

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Pictures gave me a nice laugh today haha!! :D:D:D Always thought about keeping one or two mantids maybe a ghost mantid or one of those dead leaf looking ones.
 
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