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Incredible Mantis Pics Round III

We’ve brought you some of Igor Siwanowicz’s incredible work in the past (Round I and Round II) but wanted to share some of his newer photos. Please visit his site and hire him to do the photos for your daughter’s bat mitzvah or something…

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A whole series demonstrating Igor’s outstanding head shots below the fold…

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If any of our more entomologically inclined readers want to chime in and attach names to these adorable mugs, please do so and we’ll credit you.

Comments

  1. #1 Anon
    January 18, 2008

    Stunning…

    Any more info? –I mean, what sort of camera, settings, etc.? Or is that not available?

    Thanks again… those are just beautiful.

  2. #2 Ian
    January 18, 2008

    Those are absolutely beautiful. On my way to his site now. I realize now I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a photo of an insect drinking water, certainly not a mantid. The shot of the mantis drinking is fantastic. They all are.

  3. #3 Homie Beear
    January 19, 2008

    I’m no entomologist but I think their names are Buggy, Dougy and Fuggy!

  4. #4 Luna_the_cat
    January 19, 2008

    The one at the top is a dead leaf mantis, but it’s impossible to tell (from this photo, but it’s difficult in general) whether it’s Deroplatys desiccata or Deroplatys lobata.

    2nd and 5th are, from the eyes, one of the Creobroter mantids, west Asian flower mantises. Without a body view it’s hard to tell which.

    3rd one down, could just be a standard European Mantis religiosa.

    4th could be a bark mantis, Trachodes sp. It’s at least equally likely to be a Stagmomantis carolina, however.

    6th one down could be Gongylus gongylodes, the “Wandering violin mantis”. Although maybe not; they usually have distinctly curved antennae as well as the growths on the head.

    7th one down can ONLY be Idolomorpha dentifrons, the “alien-headed” or Cone-headed mantis.

    Bottom photo is probably an orchid mantis, Hymenopus coronatus. The wonderful color and the shape of the peaky eyes suggest this.

    These are mostly tentative IDs, though, don’t take them as definite. For some of them, there would need to be more view of the body and even so, there are a lot of overlaps between some spp.

  5. #5 Luna_the_cat
    January 19, 2008

    Ooh, update. I just looked at the photographer’s site, and the 4th one down is DEFINITELY Stagmomantis carolina. It’s the only mantis to do those wonderful wing-spread threat displays.

  6. #6 Luna_the_cat
    January 19, 2008

    Update 2: another photo identifies #6 as a Zoolea sp., a horned ground mantis, and #2&5 is Creobroter gemmatus.

  7. #7 Dave Briggs
    January 22, 2008

    I’m no entomologist but I think their names are Buggy, Dougy and Fuggy!

    Posted by: Homie Beear | January 19, 2008 1:21 AM

    Sounds about right! LOL! These PICS are astounding! The man does have a gift with the lens! I would hire him for a bat mitzvah! LOL!
    Dave Briggs :~)

  8. #8 neon
    April 27, 2009

    The se are mostly tentative IDs, though, don’t take them as definite. For some of them, there would need to be more view of the body and even so, there are a lot of overlaps between some spp….

  9. #9 geoffrey haberman
    June 8, 2010

    The bottom one I think is a Pseudoharpax virescens and the one previous is not an Idolomorpha but I believe a Didymocorypha sp

  10. #10 Wm Markarian
    July 2, 2012

    i liked this just one “Simple Bits” looking pretty cool. and thanks for your post

  11. #11 Damia
    July 5, 2012

    you have a great blog here! would you like to make some invite posts on my blog?

  12. #12 New Beginning 2012
    July 5, 2012

    A great time Saturday night. We surprised my parents and they were thriled when they got there..Thanks! I had been told by the photo booth person that images would be online. Where are they?

  13. #13 URL
    July 6, 2012

    I’ve been absent for a while, but now I remember why I used to love this website. Thank you, I will try and check back more often. How frequently you update your site? 162267

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