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Orchid Male Mantis Hymenopus Portrait #3 Of 9

Leslie Crotty

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Grand Cayman - Cayman Islands

Love it. v. f.

Union Dale, PA - United States

He looks as if he is enjoying himself in from of the camera F V T & G+, also my Comment for Comment - For The Busy Individual pick for today ... Elaine

Leslie Crotty replied:

THANKS SO MUCH ELAINE FOR STOPPING BY AND YOUR VERY NICE COMMENT, (F/V) ON MY LITTLE GUY! LES

Pike Road, AL - United States

This gets my vote, wow!!!

Leslie Crotty replied:

THANKS SO MUCH LESLIE, GLAD YOU LIKE IT!, LES

Pike Road, AL - United States

This gets my vote, wow!!!

Leslie Crotty replied:

THANKS AGAIN, LES

Cedar Hill, TX - United States

Outstanding!

Leslie Crotty replied:

THANKS SO MUCH, LES

Anderson, CA - United States

What a spectacular Mantis Les; I love the awesome clarity and fine detail in this amazing little creature - the background and lighting really add a special touch to this wonderful image - congratulations on all the well deserved features! Joyce

Leslie Crotty replied:

THANKS SO MUCH JOYCE FOR STOPPING BY, VIEWING AND YOUR LOVELY COMMENT! LES

Iola, WI - United States

Leslie, your awesome Mantis shots are truly "out of this world" beautiful! I have never in my life seen anything that got my attention as much as the true beauty and awe of your captures and phenomenal displays of this awesome creature in the limelight! Thanks so much, Leslie, for sharing this unique talent of your captures and the beauty you have depicted in all of your fabulous takes. Love the view! fave and vote

Leslie Crotty replied:

RANDY, THANKS SO MUCH FOR STOPPING BY, VIEWING MY LITTLE GUY, YOUR BEAUTIFUL COMMENT, (F/V). HE WAS THE TOUGHEST ONE TO PHOTOGRAPH OF ALL THE MANTISES I PHOTOGRAPHED. BEING HE'S ONLY11/4' LONG AND CAN FLY I SPENT MORE TIME TRYING TO FIND HIM THEN PHOTOGRAPHING HIM! AS A MATTER OF FACT, I LOST 2 OF THEM IN MY STUDIO AND DID NOT FIND THEM TILL 3 DAYS LATER! THANK GOD I STARTED OUT WITH 3 OF THEM! THIS MALE ORCHID MANTIS WAS A DEFINITE CHALLENGE FOR ME TO PHOTOGRAPH, BUT IN THE END I GOT LUCKY CAPTURING SOME VERY UNIQUE IMAGES OF HIM! ALSO A VERY SPECIAL THANKS FOR THE FEATURE IN YOUR GROUP! THANKS AGAIN, LES

Perth, WA - Australia

Exquisite shot...

Leslie Crotty replied:

THANKS AGAIN, LES

Alexandria, VA - United States

Leslie, this is superb - I happen to love insects and this fellow is so handsome.

Leslie Crotty replied:

THANKS RACHEL, I FIND THEM SO INTERESTING AND ENJOY PHOTOGRAPHING THEM! LES

Union Dale, PA - United States

Hi Leslie, I am just taking a quick run though to V & F some of ‘Macro photographs’ group’s FEATURED work. Also Liked ... Fellow member, Elaine

Leslie Crotty replied:

THANKS ANDREW,LES

Tomelilla, Sk - Sweden

Greate work Les Nice angel and sharp photography Ricki

Leslie Crotty replied:

THANKS RIKARD, LES

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Orchid Male Mantis Hymenopus Portrait #3 Of 9

Artist

Leslie Crotty

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Photograph - Photograph

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This Orchid Male Mantis is found in the Rain Forests of Malaysia, Indonesia and Sumatra. They need to be in a humid warm environment to survive. As first instar hatchlings orchid mantises resemble ants with black bodies and red legs. It matures earlier than the female and and only grows to 1" to 11/4" in length, quite a difference in size. The male is also different in appearance, it has white wings and and a brownish necklace around the lower part of its neck area, and is able to fly. For such a small mantis it can take down prey half its size. This mantis is very difficult to photograph, they are small in stature and can fly. I had lost two of them in my studio but found them three days later. I was so lucky to have found them. They required constant monitoring or else they're gone, that quick! I photographed this portrait #3 of 9 in my photo studio. I placed him on a small cactus plant in front of a fresh red rose which you can see in the background of the image which is softly out of focus! I used a 140 macro lens with two extension tubes, #1 and #2 mounted on my RZ Pro 2 Mamiya medium format camera bringing me approximately two inches from the mantis filling up the whole frame of the view finder. Depth of Field was very shallow only 1/2" to 3/4" deep. I had to have him positioned in a way where I could focus sharply on his eyes, face, claws, and some of his body! This was one of the results I was happy with! This species of mantis was the most difficult one and took the most time to photograph. The only advice I can give someone if they choose to photograph this little guy is "never take your eyes off him and walk backwards to your viewfinder, good luck!

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