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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This shows the juvenile in relation to its environment, near the top of the frame.
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Submitted: Tuesday, 23rd April, 2013 05:04 (GMT)
Taken: Sunday, 23rd October, 2011
Focal length: 9.8 mm
Shutter speed: 1/100 sec
Aperture: F4.1
ISO: 100
Notes: Full frame. In PSE7 'Levels' adjusted lighting.
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