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Mantises, leaf frog etc.

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by j.ankanpaa, Jun 30, 2007.

  1. Hello!

    I didn´t shoot much other stuff when visiting in Bulgaria but Odonata. Here´s some of those "other" shots:

    Juvenile Mantis
    NIKON D200    ---    90mm    f/8.0    1/1000s    ISO 200

    NIKON D200    ---    90mm    f/8.0    1/1000s    ISO 200

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/5.6    1/1000s    ISO 200

    One "horn head"
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/350s    ISO 400

    In this background not that Camouflaged, but think it in grass or bush... difficult to spot
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/750s    ISO 400

    When I saw this leaf frog I remembered that there was exactly the same looking candys when I was a young boy. So, split second I thought I should lick it. I didn´t.
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/7.1    1/2000s    ISO 200

    They actually looks pretty cool sitting like that
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/7.1    1/750s    ISO 200

    Papilio machaon
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/800s    ISO 400

    Or Knight buttefly as we call it
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/1000s    ISO 400

    And then one dragon shot. This is sort of thanks of mine to our guide in Bulgaria, Milen Marinov. He found this species as new in 1999 and it´s named after his son. A male Somatochlora borisi
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/125s    ISO 200

    Thanks for looking! :smile:
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  2. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
  3. SSchex


    May 18, 2005
    Louisiana, USA
    Excellent shots Jukka. The "horn head" is well camoflauged.
  4. Very neat butterflies. And I like your frogs, if you lick them, do they give hallucinations? :biggrin: :biggrin:
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  5. Jukka,

    Really like that 3rd shot of the Mantis.

    The Dragon look like a downy emerald that we get in the UK.

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  6. Why larva of a mantis?

    Mantids do not have larvae. They have an egg sac called an Ootheca and then the imago that goes through various skin sheds.

    See the link below which is excellent


    The 'Hornhead' is Empusa pennata. I used to keep South African flower mantids, and on fine days I would leave them outside on the honeysuckle. The only problem was finding them again to bring them in in the evening.

    Bob F
  7. Bob is right. In hemi-metabolous insects (bugs, grasshoppers, etc.) we do not speak of larvae but simply call them juveniles instead.

    The images are very good. Empusa is an exciting creature. Especially in arid regions there are some really weird ones.

  8. Jti001


    Apr 21, 2006
    Very good shots, sharpness is excellent, and the compositions are very balanced
  9. tojor


    Jul 27, 2005
    Great stuff Jukka. Species that we don't see here. That's a very pretty frog. I'm glad you didn't taste it. :eek: 
  10. Thanks, Gale! :smile:

    Thanks, Scott!

    I would pay large money to have them here! :smile:

    I didn´t taste it, so can´t tell :biggrin:

    Thanks, Alex!

    I think all the emeralds look like the same... I have met people who can tell the difference :biggrin:

    Why a larva? I don´t actually have no idea:biggrin: Thanks for the correction!
    Translation thing... (or most likely ignorance :smile:) 

    And thanks for the link!

    Thanks, Harry!

    Same as I wrote for Bob:" thanks for the correction!

    Those were my mantises # 2 and 3 seen in my entirely life...I was so thrilled...

    Thanks Jti! :smile:

    I´ve been thinking during the last days that maybe I should have... taste it...:biggrin:
  11. Great shots!
    Have never seen, or maybe I should say "noticed" a hornhead.
    These are quite nice, indeed!!
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