Praying Mantids

Challenge #43 in the Life in the Natural World series. Hosted by RuthC.
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Here is your chance to showcase Praying Mantids (or Mantis); Order Mantodea; these interesting insects, which can stay very, very still, or catch their prey at lightning speed. Show us praying mantids outside in their natural environment, on leaves, flowers, trees, just doing what comes naturally to them, not inside under studio lights. Refer to praying mantis in Wikipedia, or http://bugguide.net/node/view/342391/bgpage?from=0 for further information or identification. Macro and close-up shots welcome. Size: MAXIMUM 1,600px on LONGER SIDE.
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Juvenile Praying Mantis
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This one saw when I opened the gate lock only because it was moving at the time.
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Submitted: Tuesday, 23rd April, 2013 04:42 (GMT)
Taken: Sunday, 23rd October, 2011
Focal length: 11.9 mm
Shutter speed: 1/100 sec
Aperture: F4.4
ISO: 160
Notes: In PSE7 'Levels' expanded range, cropped to 2/3 of original
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