<< Previous Next >>

The Praying Mantis

The Praying Mantis
Photo Information
Copyright: Pankaj Bajpai (pankajbajpai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1470 W: 102 N: 4711] (16627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6GED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Ni, 67mm UV
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): portfolio of a killer [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-26 5:00
Viewed: 4340
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There are almost 1,700 variations of mantis found all over the world.

The mantis attacks with two front legs .

The latin name of the praying mantis is Tenodera Sinensis.

Most mantis live in warm climates.

The mantis attacks butterflies, bees, beetles, frogs, spiders, mice, lizards, and small birds like humming birds etc. Some of our TN members have seen it killing humming birds.

The female sometimes eats the male after mating. The male is killed after mating and becomes source of nutrition for the female.

The mantis has good eyesight. It moves it eyes in the direction of the prey so well, this can be seen while photograping a mantis, observing the moves is really interesting.

The mantis sheds its skin twelve times before it is full grown.

Praying mantises bite the back of their victim's neck to paralyze it. It start eating the prey while its alive.

cicindela, undoredo, eqshannon, ellis49, Tamrock, Alex99, jaycee, izler, fartash, Necipp, SelenE, lise, gracious, haraprasan, Juyona, angybone, jmirah, cataclysta, marhowie, jcoowanitwong, parthasarathi has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

What a pose that you captured Pankaj! :) It looks like it is going to attack you :) I like this dark BG a lot and good exposure and details. This is well seen and well realized. A funny one! Thanks,

Hi Pankaj,

original POV, nice colors and sharpness.



  • Great 
  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-09-26 5:12]

Hello Pankaj,
what an interesting pose of the Mantis and so well captured. Amazing depth of field and clarity of structures.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Pankaj,
NIce details and composition, the sharpness is on the dot.

Hello Pankaj!
This is a very nice close up of mantis diuring "morning cleanig" ;) I like the idea for photo and the final effect of your work. Good details, composition and sharpness. And very informative note!
TFS and have a nice afternoon!

Hi Pankaj,
What a curiou spose caught!
It's like a mix between surprise and anger ant the same time!
A good macro with very clear details.
The black background helps to stand out the mantis.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hi Pankaj,
Very nice moment you've captured!!
I think it's kind of funny pose. :-)
Well captured with nice POV and details,
TFS and regards,

This is one unusual pose for the Mantis. Looks like a circus actor. Framing is yours alone and good. If I had room for all pictures I like to take as favorite, then this would be one...I'll take one of each. You are so good..

Hi Pankaj,
a nice and unusal POV and pose. Godo sharpness and fine details.
Good DOF, the whole insect is in focus.
Well done.

Le sujet est bien connu mais alors quelle contorsion extraordinaire !
Bonne journée.

bonjour pankaj
la pose est tres etrange mais l'image est tres bonne,POV et DOF sont impeccable.
bonnes couleurs.

hi pankaj!
what a funny little thing:)
great macro with very good
well done!

  • Great 
  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-09-26 9:00]

Hi Pankaj.
What an unique pose of the mantis and terrific macro shot of it. Great POV, amazing eye-contact, excellent darks and lights, crisp sharpness of the insect image and simply great DOF. Skillfully done picture. My congratulations.

  • Great 
  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-09-26 9:35]

Hi Pankaj,

What an amazing pose! It looks like one of those toys that kids can bend and shape into any position. Fantastic shot with wonderfully sharp details and great colors. Looks great on the black background.


  • Great 
  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-09-26 10:57]

selam Pankaj
wonderful macro photo of this cute praying mantis that was giving nice pose to you
i like composition, point of view, dark background, depth of field, lighting, colours, sharpness, details, framing and note
thanks for sharing

  • Great 
  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-09-26 11:32]

Hello Pankaj,
a perfect capture if this Praying Mantis in a funny pose :)
+++ Outstanding sharpness, striking black BG, great POV and well composed.
--- Nothing.
Well done,

Hello Pankaj
Perfect moment to shoot,
Perfect focusing,BG and composition,
Superb shot,Welldone.


Una excelente imagen con maravillosos detalles.
La mantis mira a la cámara...como a su siguiente víctima.
Perfecto encuadre Pankaj.
Cordiales saludos, JL.

Hello Pankaj very unusual pose you got fine dof and focus good pov and composition tfs rgds Necip.

  • Great 
  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-09-26 13:15]

Hi Pankaj,
I liked the pose you captured :o) Colors, contrast and composition look very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

  • Great 
  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-09-26 13:21]

Hi Pankaj,
Great capture of this mantis! The black bg really makes the green stand out. Lovely details and composition.

Hello Pankaj,
Excellent exposure and focus!
very good clarity, real colour and details
well composed and well seen

Hi Pankaj, splendid macro with wonderful details, excellent focus and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Pankaj,
Now that is a different view of the Mantis, Great shot! I love the way his head is tilted like hes posing for you! TFS

  • Great 
  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-09-27 2:54]

Hola amigo,
precioso trabajo,
magnífica macro pov y estupendo foco...

WOW! LIke a scene from an alien movie...what a close-up! Fascinating!!! Perfect sharpness, excellent dark background, wonderful color..great shot!

Hi Pankaj,
WOW!! Excellent DOF and focus. Outstanding composition and POV. Very well done. Thanks for sharing.


Hi Pankaj,
A beautiful capture of this praying mantis with a very good POV. Lovely details and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Pankaj
Another great shot of mantis. DOF is good, sharpness could be a little bit better but it is ok. I like the pose of the mantis, great black buckground and compo
Good job
Best wishes

Excellent POV and pose of the Mantid Pankaj.
Composed well with very good color, detail, DOF, and the black BG really makes it stand out in the frame nicely :)
Well done!

Hi Pankaj,
Mantis can have strange pose. You captured this one with perfect focus and exposure. Thanks for sharing this lovely picture.

And my prayer---- go on clicking such worthy pictures.

  • Great 
  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-30 9:59]

Hello Pankaj

He looks like he is looking straight at you.The POV and DOF is excellent.I like the lighting and contrast.The colours are deep and well saturated.Nicely captured and composed.TFS


Calibration Check