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Charles Krebs



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:25 am    Post subject: Mantis foreleg Reply with quote

This is a shot that makes it obvious why a mantis is so effective at catching and holding prey. This shows a portion of the femur (on right) and tibia (on left). The joint connecting them would be above and outside the image area.

I've included a small diagram that shows the approximate region photographed. In the diagram the leg is not closed as much as in the picture.





Schneider Componon 35/4, f/4 at about 5.8X. Canon 50D. 54 image stack with Zerene Stacker.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They look very efficient, some of them looks well used, like a lot your subject preparation, no even sign of dirt or distracting artifacts.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And we may thank the Creator that they are not big enough to be interested in humanoids. Shocked Very Happy
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Joaquim F.



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a terrific weapons!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 7:34 pm    Post subject: georgeous Reply with quote

This is a stunning stack, super clean and it looks as if it could have been a single shot of a huge raptorial, I dream of getting this close. Thanks for posting Charles

On a side note, if mantids did get as big as humans, apparently they would not be able to breath through their spiracles due to the mass or the abdomen.
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