Portrait of a male praying mantis-larva.(Empusa pennata).Spain.


spain, praying mantis, empusa pennata


Thanks for viewing my pictures and taking the time to comment.Much appreciated!

I’m a dutch artist and nature-photographer(especially macro)currently based in N-Spain.

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  • Janet Fikar
    Janet Fikarover 4 years ago

    Wow, it does look alien like. Nice shot.

  • Thanks Janet.For me it’s one of the weirdest and at the same time most fascinating insects here in Spain!

    – jimmy hoffman

  • redqueenself
    redqueenselfover 4 years ago


  • Haha,sorry for showing this creepy insect!:)

    – jimmy hoffman

  • Edge-of-dreams
    Edge-of-dreamsover 4 years ago

    This has got to be the funkiest most awesome looking critter I’ve ever seen !! Awesome capture !!

  • Thanks!This is a male larva.When they are fully grown their antennae are featherlike.Very interesting!I’ll upload more of this fascinating species later.

    – jimmy hoffman

  • Curtis  Sheppard
    Curtis Sheppardover 4 years ago

    Yikes! Nice shot!

  • Thanks!:)

    – jimmy hoffman

  • Craig Hender
    Craig Henderover 4 years ago

    Whoa, how cool is that! Awesome capture Jim. Well done.

  • Thanks Graig!Yes,it’s an amazing looking species!

    – jimmy hoffman

  • robynart
    robynartover 4 years ago

    Unreal!! Great photo!!

  • Thank you!:)

    – jimmy hoffman

  • gabbielizzie
    gabbielizzieover 4 years ago

    I liked this so much… Guess what?


  • Thanks!Much appreciated.:)

    – jimmy hoffman

  • Jamie Peterson
    Jamie Petersonover 4 years ago

    Wow!!!! Great capture……

  • Thanks Jamie!

    – jimmy hoffman

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanover 4 years ago

    holy mackeral! Where did you see this? He is actually beautiful!!!!

  • Thanks for your nice comment!Actuelly this shot was taken in our garden.

    – jimmy hoffman

  • valandsnake
    valandsnakeover 4 years ago

    Oh wow!! Fabulous macro, a truly alien creature! Congrats on the feature

  • Much appreciated!Thanks.

    – jimmy hoffman

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