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Portrait of a mantis

Ameles spallanzania

 

This little mantid (~20-25mm) was quite a poser! I couldn't have enough of it, I shot it at least a dozen times from different angles. This is my favorite capture of the little beast and I hope you'll like it, too. Have a wonderful week!

 

Best viewed Large, On Black, if you can handle the detail...

 

UPDATE: This photo has won Animal Kingdom's 43rd Icon of the Week Contest and was featured as the group's icon for a week :-)

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Taken on April 29, 2007