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basin79

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Aah, this is making me nostalgic about all the mantids I had...Awesome pics and I should probably start keeping them again.
Unfortunately I can't seem to keep the flower mantids alive. Hatched my own CB casters etcetera but nope. So I stick to the larger hardier breeds. This lass is definitely an OAP now though.
 

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My Lethocerus africanus chowing down on a morio worm I just gave her.

 

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Paraphrasing a National Geographic article here. Although it looks like mantids have pupils they don't. They're called pseudopupils. The eye of a mantis is made up of thousands of tiny individual light receptors called ommatidia. When you look at a mantis at a particular angle or the mantis looks at you some of the ommatida are absorbing all the wavelengths of light which is why they look black. Meanwhile, the light receptors all around the dark spot are reflecting certain wavelengths, which is why the rest of the eye appears green.


 
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NMWAPBT

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Wow what kind of camera are you using? Beautiful inverts and really good quality pictures!
 

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Wow what kind of camera are you using? Beautiful inverts and really good quality pictures!
I'm using a ridiculous camera set up that should get me far better results. I'm struggling with the lighting. It's a Sony a7r iii. Once I've got the lighting sorted I'll get better pics.
 

NMWAPBT

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I'm using a ridiculous camera set up that should get me far better results. I'm struggling with the lighting. It's a Sony a7r iii. Once I've got the lighting sorted I'll get better pics.
I was impressed at the quality now lol. I'll be blown away once it gets better! Great job; definitely keep it up!
 

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Your mantids are beautiful, they've always been one of my favorite insects. Thanks for the pictures!
 

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I found a hairy rove beetle in my backyard. It's the first 1 I've ever seen. Brought him/her into captivity for a little bit to get some pics and videos. Hoping for a nice sunny day so I can really get some detailed pics. Made very short work of the waxworm.


 
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Not my invert but a hoverfly that was in my backyard. Really wanted to get a pic of a bee but they wouldn't come near me .


 

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Unbelievable photos! Beetles/ Insects always looks so mechanical to me on upclose pics!! Great job!
 
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