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Bug Killer

These guys are simply ferocious. Effortlessly ripping other insects apart with those pincers. He could definitely see me snapping away and I was glad to be much bigger than he was.

For some reason, the shot is severely degraded upon upload....

Bug Killer

These guys are simply ferocious. Effortlessly ripping other insects apart with those pincers. He could definitely see me snapping away and I was glad to be much bigger than he was.

For some reason, the shot is severely degraded upon upload....

comments (23)

  • Fehinti
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Oct 2007, 00:12
wow! this is sharp! looks lkike something out of a biology textbook. great shot Stan.
Stan: Thanks for stopping by. Believe it or not, it actually lost a lot of the colour and sharpness during the upload.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 8 Oct 2007, 02:03
That is one menacing guy, Stan. I have a feeling you've done it justice!
Stan: Hmm...i certainly hope so. Perhaps i'll post another later for comparison
  • VZ
  • Atlanta, USA
  • 8 Oct 2007, 02:11
One of these lives in the bush at the front porch of our house. It greets us every evening from the top of the bush.
Very nicely done, Stan. If you could make a branch horizontal, the shot would look even better.
Z
Stan: I'll play with it a bit and see how that works. Funny i never even considered that...lol. Thanks for the comment
He looks so friendly! I don't see the menacing at all.
Stan: LMAO...if you say so :p
excellent as always, now lets get some humans on this blog smile
Stan: What? One isn't enough? :p
  • Sheila
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Oct 2007, 07:57
Lovely photo, brought back memories. These things are always interesting, sometimes menacing, and they can "bite". When we lived in Africa we had a lot of them in the garden, which I used to watch and study. Several times I got too close and got "bitten" for my trouble. Very sore indeed for some hours afterwards. They really latch on - no quick hit and run!
Stan: I always knew I didn't want to get close at all. Watched one rip off the head of a smaller insect and .... lets just say it wasn't pretty.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 8 Oct 2007, 08:06
Great capture! Crisp close up with great details. Are those tiny black dots on his eyes, his pupils? Amazing! I agree with VZ on branch being horizontal and wondered about cropping out some of the background because I was a little visually distracted by the dark greens in the background. Just a thought.
Stan: I've actually got a version with a less distracting background that I'll post later
  • ChaCha
  • United States
  • 8 Oct 2007, 09:36
Now this is a nice one...
it's female maybe....cos it's looking so right posing for yr cam. hehe lol
Stan: Lol..you might have a point at that
  • lasiate
  • Philippines
  • 8 Oct 2007, 10:18
une des plus belles macros de mante jamais vues. Dommage la netteté un peu forcée avec le petit liseré blanc
Stan: merci beaucoup pour les comments
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 8 Oct 2007, 11:47
Absolutely fantastic shot. What a great creature and look at those pincers. Love the different green tints here.
Stan: Glad you like it smile
Stan, this is not a macro. This is not a nature photo. This is a great portrait of "amantis religious"! A perfect work.
Stan: Muchas gracias Jose. I'm flattered.
  • MONIKA
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Oct 2007, 13:40
Oh, that's an awesome shot! It literally jumped at me when website was uploading... what an impression! Really great job, goes into my likeys straight away!
Stan: Glad you stopped by. I hope i can keep putting decent stuff up
must say i disagree with a straight branch theory...i think the slight tilt gives it a certain depth...and a great shot of a dangerous creature, if you are only a few cm's tall smile The depth of field really works well...what is that "crease" just under the branch near the back leg?

I live on a farm in SA and when the outside light is on at night i can count over 30 of these just gorging on other insects
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Oct 2007, 19:14
i don't much care about branches being level, what i do see is pin sharp focus where it counts, cool shot. mal
Stan: Thanks Mal, gotta love digital eh tongue Easy to weed out the other 300 'flawed' shots
Brilliant capture, focus and colour. How big is this one Stan, I snapped one in Borneo but only about 3cm.
Stan: This guy was probably 3-4 inches. Not to be messed with!
Absolutly fabulous Stan ! A superb picture ! A fascinating insect. Outstanding colours. Well done !
Stan: Ah! Music to my ears smile
I have to say, I am really enjoying your photographs. This is another cracking shot. (:o)
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 9 Oct 2007, 01:47
Wow Stan! This one scares me LOL! grin But the picture is so well done, so bravo!
Stan: Scared the bejeezies out of me as well when he hopped forward a little whilst I was looking through the lens!
This is brilliant!
EEEEEEEEEECK, BE STILL MY BEATING HEART...

why is it looking at me, fllllleeeeeeeeeee
Stan: Cuz he's coming to get you :p
  • shakara
  • Nigeria
  • 9 Oct 2007, 07:44
Wonderful shot Stan !!
had to come back here, it's nice..have you considered shooting for stock like getty images or something?
Stan: NOw thats quite a compliment. I've considered it but didn't feel my work was good enough. Definitely don't want to do the microstock
still wondering how jewlya can see this as friendly

the best kind of friendly i can imagine is joker (of batman) friendly...
can just imagine the menace taunting it's prey with an evil 'friendly' grin....
'brrrr'

i'd better sleep well tonite or you'll be hearing from me man

i shouldn't have to compliment ur pic...you should see from my rantings that it's a shot that weilds great power
Stan: LOL...i agree with the 'rambling' and thanks for stopping by and the comments. To aid in you getting a restful sleep, try imagining the clicking sound those pincers probably make :p

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