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The Praying Mantis


The Praying Mantis
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Copyright: arvinsign photography (arvinsign) (126)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-26
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4800
Exposure: f/2.7
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): MANTIS the most beautiful animal of them all [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-29 11:22
Viewed: 2453
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
What is a Praying Mantis? The praying mantids, or praying mantises, are carnivorous insects that belong to the family. There are about 2,000 species of mantids.

Unbelievably, some scientists agree the mantis is closely related to the cockroach. The name "mantis" comes from the Greek word for 'prophet' or 'soothsayer

Most often people think mantises are pests. That is only partly true. They can be beneficial, too. Praying mantises are terrific pest exterminators. They keep down the population of bugs that are a threat to farming. A master of disguise, the praying mantis can be an able assistant to farmer and gardener. Look carefully in your backyard. Perhaps that deceptive shape is a praying mantis poised for his next meal.


this was taken while im on a trek and doing biodiversity studies in Mt. Palay Palay in Cavite.


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Nice capture :) It is very nicely blended with the green background... Good focus on the creature too. Did you zoom a lot on it or did you get a chance to get close to it? Did you use a tripod? Cheers...

Nice shot Arvin, particularly without a tripod. The mantis certainly blends into its surroundings very well.

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