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Night Time Visitor

Night Time Visitor
: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2739 W: 280 N: 4918] (19857)
: Animals
: 2010-08-23
: Insects
: Canon 5D Mark11
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/200
More Photo Info: [view]
: 2010-08-24 21:06
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Rosie hollerd..Ron...there's a huge bug out here. I ran outside and sure enough, even though it was nightime, there sat a large Praying Mantis with big beady eyes, staring me right in the face.

We have a lot of Praying Mantis here in Ohio, but you rarely see one after dark. This particular one was sitting on one of Rosie's plants just under the outside light.

I'm sure he found this spot to be a real smorgasbord, because of all the insects that fly around the light bulb each night.

The one thing that seemed odd to me was that his eyes were almost totally black. I looked it up on the web and found out they turn dark in low light situations.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-08-24 21:42]
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Wow, amazing macro, Ron!
Talk about sharp... and creepy.
Very beady eyes indeed.
Great shot!
TFS. : )

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2010-08-24 21:58]
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The eyes have it here Ron!
I have yet to see a better eye contact in a macro. The use of flash helped of course resulting in some OE on the face but the effect is superb and the sharpness of the head of this Praying Mantis excellent.
A great shot that is nice to view.

Hello Ron,
What a strange mantis. It seems to come from another planet. Beautiful colours and great sharpness. Impressive macro.

Hi Ron,what a original close-up on the manthis face! A top class macro whit good sharpness and excellent contrast whit the dark background.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-25 1:47]
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Hello Ron,
A fine portrait!Great details have been captured in this well done macro. Pin sharp and with very good colours!
Best regards Siggi

Hi Ron,
super macro photo. Details, POV and composition are impressive.
Best regards

Hi Ron Warner,
Superb capture of this beautiful Night Time Visitor.
Natural colours with fantastic definition.
Lighting and composition are excellent.Great...Gtrat... Great macro.
Good note.
Anil Purohit

Que clase de foto, una belleza, te felicito.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-08-25 16:50]
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Hi Ron,

I have never been able to look into the eyes of a Mantis before! Also, I have never seen one at night. You did a fantastic job capturing him with excellent details and natural colors. I love those eyes and the wonderful shape of his head. You should get an extra smiley for uniqueness. I hope Rosie was rewarded for her great job as spotter.


Hi Ron,
A lovely portrait of this beautiful mantis very well captured by you. Very good sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Ron,

An outstanding Mantis portrait, excellently composed for a close-up, and excellent detail, particularly in the eyes. I didn't know that their eyes darken at night. That sort of brings images of big-eyed UFO people to mind, doesn't it? Maybe Mantids are extraterrestrials!! ;-)


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-08-26 6:21]
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Hi Run
Great macro and great portrait.Good pov and sharp image with excellent detail,nice colors also
TFS Michel

Dear Ron,
This is the stuff they used to threaten/frighten little children with, when they were naughty...

What on earth is this ''pearl'' between the antennae?!? as well as a second one behind the left antenna?

I used to watch and like every Praying mantis, until I saw one biting off the head of the male while mating...

Interestingly enough, many scientists still discard this fact as ''old women stories''

Anyway, I never had a chance before to actually observe their eyes going dark!!!!:-)) I add your work to my favorite photos - I want to be able to look into her/his eyes at any time! Thank you for showing this quite unique image.

Enjoy the rest of your day
Warm Greetings

Hi Ron
Wow, this is an fantastic macro of a Praying Mantis. He's one impressive looking insect. I'm not sure if would have gotten as close as you, you're so brave. I guess they are a good insect to have in the garden to help keep the bad bugs in check. Well done!
TFS Janice

Good Morning MF Ron,

This is really an astonishingly awesome macro showing all details of a Mantis face. Great POV, the background is perfect for separation. Congrats MF!

On the Ingrid's questions, I would like to write shortly somethings:

The spots which she saw on the head part are "Ocellus" (spot eye, simple eye) present in many insects apart from the compound ey , consisting of a single beadlike lens. They generaly serve as photoreceptors and are sensitive to rapid changes in light intensity. All mantids have two large, compound eyes and three small, simple eyes (ocelli) that you already saw in Ron's image.

Numerous interesting types of behavior have been studied among the praying mantids. They are known to groom themselves frequently. Using their forelegs, they wipe their eyes and heads and then systematically clean their forelegs with their mouths. They do the same with their antennae and middle and hind legs. Mantids have evolved certain means of defending themselves against potential predators. When faced with danger, most species attempt to run or fly away. If this does not deter the predator, the mantid may react with a startle display that includes thrusting out the forelegs, flashing out the wings, and opening the mouth. In many species the undersides of the forelegs and wings are brightly colored, so the sudden flash of these colors produces a startling effect. If these kinds of defensive behavior fail, mantids may resort to playing dead (thanatosis) or biting and pinching.

TFS and have a nice time during my absence MF!!


Hello Ron,
This is an excellent close-up, with great details and splendid colours. Not easy to take such a shot. Well done! Cheers,

hello Ron

a great portrait shot of E.T. lol !
you did an excellent photo of this insect
that your POV and probably the Flash
gives this amazing glance, TFS


Great detail Ron, I like those big "buggy" black eyes staring back at me..
Just photographed a mantid yesterday, dusted off my macro lens..
It's eyes are reddish, with the face mostly green. Has some neat colors at the nose tip (blue), and a yellow line that runs along its jaw..
I digress ;-}
Nice portrait - Well done!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-10-06 17:09]
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Hola Ron.
We also have a lot of Prayng mantis arround here but they are Green, or maybe becouse they hide in a brush in that color.
Great photo. Lovely big eyes.
Beautiful and fine Macro.

Hi Ron,
thanks for your kind remarks. Your gallery looks real good and you have got a great diversity of subjects. This one is really a fantastic macro. Never saw the head of the praying mantra that near and with such details.
TFS and greetings from Switzerland

Hi Ron.
It's good to have visitor at night when you can take a very good close shot like this. Amazing popping eyes and the mosterous looking mouth. Great capture and thanks for sharing.
Kind regards,

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