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Old 07-11-2009   #1
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Hi All

I remember someone posting a pet one of these some time ago and I thought it'd be nice to show off with a wild one from near home.

I went to Delville Wood near Shongweni today to see what butterflies were on the wing... not many but there were some, it being midwinter here and very dry. But then I found this little darling on a Kalanchoe flower. I took several shots and can't make up which I like best, so here are a few:



I like this but I cut her foot off!



Better... all feet in shot and her wing eyespot showing. She's not an adult, only a nymph, so the wings are not fully developed.



Shot from below this time...



Then I moved in close for a portrait.

The background is the sere brown grass of the African dry season (can't really call it winter). I'll go back there in spring; I hope I'll find an adult to shoot!

Enjoy... C&C welcome of course.

All the best

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1st one has my vote..... Amazing you could even find them let alone get such fabulous shots!. Have a bit of K for these..
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great shots, like last 2 frames best. it will shed to adult soon looking at size of wing buds.
here is one of my "pets" a different colour to your wild one
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amazing shots Steve!!! K for you
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Wonderful captures Steve - agree with above like the pose/composition of #1 best - good to see these amazing mantids do actually exist in the wild
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Good ones Steve, well done
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Great series Steve. You deserve some Ks

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Beautiful creature. Great eyes, Steve.
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Thanks for the K and kind comments everyone!
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I had no idea there exists a mantis that looks like this! Amazing. They are boring brown or green in my neighborhood. Thanks a million


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