Praying Mantis (Mantis religiosa)
Taken on a piece of wood in the bush near the Magaliesberg in South Africa. It was taken as close as possible without having to use macro.

Nikon P90

Views per 04.07.2012 – 1126

Featured in:
-4 Winners Only. November 2010
-African Art & photography. October 2010
-Wildlife of Southern Africa. October. 2010
-African Beauty Group. September 2010
-Insects, Bugs and Creepy Crawlies Nov. 2009
-RB Homepage Nov. 2009
-Indigenous to East and Southern Africa Group Nov. 2009


  • swaby
    swabyabout 5 years ago

    An awesome shot!

  • Thanks swaby, just joined today and you are my first comment.

    – mamba

  • swaby
    swabyabout 5 years ago

    Welcome to Redbubble! Hope you love the experience. I do!

    And you are very welcome!

  • foreststalker
    foreststalkerabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic! Great shot !

  • Thanks Kevin

    – mamba

  • Steven  Sandner
    Steven Sandnerabout 5 years ago

    I love this shot! and i really want to get a good macro lens, any recommendations?!

  • Hi Steven, thanks. This wasn’t actually a macro shot, it was as close as I could get without using macro. The camera used was not even an SLR, it was a Nikon Coolpix P90. The cute insect was trapped between a mosquito net and the window of my tent while camping in the bush near the Magaliesberg in South Africa. I saved her and put her carefully on a piece of wood in the bush expecting her to flee, instead she stayed and started posing, so I grabed my camera and took a couple of pics. Later, I put her on a big tree before leaving. And that….was the end of our relationship.

    – mamba

  • Steven  Sandner
    Steven Sandnerabout 5 years ago

    Its a very nice shot considering the size of it (I’m guessing its a younger mantis), and its funny when you blow at them, they start swaying to imitate a leaf in the wind.

  • lckk
    lckkabout 5 years ago

    Lovely! I wish I see more mantis, they are so cool!

  • Thanks Ickk, yes, they are fascinating creatures

    – mamba

  • gabbielizzie
    gabbielizzieabout 5 years ago

    I liked this so much… Guess what?


  • What an honour! thank you very much indeed.A huge motivation.

    – mamba

  • Pam Utton
    Pam Uttonabout 5 years ago

    cute, makes me laugh

  • Thanks very much indeed Pam.

    – mamba

  • beeer
    beeerabout 5 years ago

    congratulations on your feature great shot

  • Thanks very much Ton, you must have known about it before me.

    – mamba

  • Régis Charpentier
    Régis Charpentierabout 5 years ago

    Welcome on RB
    Great shot, well deserved feature and keep on going this way, your pictures are splendid

  • Thank you very much indeed Régis.

    – mamba

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