Archimantis latistyla, an Australian species of preying mantis or “stick mantis”. I believe this one is a female. These Mantis can grow quite large and are known to attack small birds, and on rare occasions fish, frogs and also lizards. They also have the ability to jump about 1 metre.

They’re also smart enough to camouflage themselves when feeling threatened. When I first spotted this one he was on a leaf, but as soon as he saw me he wandered amongst this brush and wouldn’t budge, either for self preservation.. or he simply didn’t want my shot to have too much contrast!

Shot on the 18th of December 2009 in Brisbane, Australia, with a Canon 7D and a 100mm f/2.8 macro lens with 56mm of stacked extension tubes.

Shutter: 1/160th
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 400
Built-in flash: +1/3rd

Featured in Top Shelf Wildlife & Nature Art – December 2009
Featured in Super Macro Photography – December 2009
Featured in 1:1 Macro Photography – December 2009

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Jason Asher is an landscape photographer based in Brisbane, Australia. Jason specialises in producing high-quality images of our natural world, with a strong focus on capturing the beauty and mystery of where Land meets Sea. Jason’s love of nature does not end with the ocean as he aspires to photograph all things natural in his own unique way.

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  • Phil Parkin
    Phil Parkinover 4 years ago

    Great capture Jason, he got you spotted didn’t he, quick pose for the camera then disappear into the bush :-)

  • Something like that Phil! Cheers mate glad you like it.

    – Jason Asher

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 4 years ago

    Stunning macro with perfect techs, well done!

  • Thank you again Magaret for your kind words, glad you like it :)

    – Jason Asher

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 4 years ago

    You’re really nailing these macros, Jason!

  • Thanks Mel, getting better and better.. when I’m lucky enough to find something interesting that is. :)

    – Jason Asher

  • Andrew Widdowson
    Andrew Widdowsonover 4 years ago

    Good one mate. They are amazing creatures.

  • Sure are mate, cheers for the comment – stoked I found this guy after couple of fruitless weeks of macro.

    – Jason Asher

  • eyestrange
    eyestrangeover 4 years ago

    Don’t forget to add it to the January Avatar Challenge!

    When it opens.

  • Thanks so much for the feature!

    – Jason Asher

  • And yes I’ll entre it, thank you again :)

    – Jason Asher

  • AliceDoodles
    AliceDoodlesover 4 years ago

    Your cohosts Cee and Chris

  • Thanks again Guys.

    – Jason Asher

  • Larry  Stewart
    Larry Stewartover 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture. Instant fave in my book.

  • Thanks for that Larry, appreciate it :)

    – Jason Asher

  • Heavenandus777
    Heavenandus777over 4 years ago

  • Thanks so much Anna!

    – Jason Asher

  • Shelley Warbrooke
    Shelley Warbrookeover 4 years ago

    Very cool indeed. I hope one day I find one of these guys, great close up, looking straight at you!

  • Sure was lucky to spot him! I just wish he was easier to get at, could’ve gotten a much nicer shot otherwise! Still happy enough with this one though.

    – Jason Asher

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonover 4 years ago

    Beautiful macro Jason and congrats on your features, I love these creatures, they are so amazing.

  • Indeed they are Josie, silly little buggers too.

    – Jason Asher

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