Friday Photo: 23 November

November 23rd, 2012 at 9:49 am by Chthoniid

And today’s venture is back into the world of , but something diurnal. And not spider-like. Albeit still carnivorous…female too.

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7 Responses to “Friday Photo: 23 November”

  1. Carlos (683 comments) says:

    She looks very smug. I love the green against the blue background. Great shot!

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  2. IHStewart (388 comments) says:

    Interestingly I watched a wasp kill and dismember one of these. I photographed the sequence of events. Crap photos unfortunately but I had no idea wasps killed.

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  3. Elaycee (4,392 comments) says:

    Excellent pikkie, Chthoniid.

    Is this the NZ or the Springbok mantis? [O. novaezealandiae or Miomatis caffra]?

    How did you set up the shot?

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  4. sbk (312 comments) says:

    “she looks very smug”…post-coitus?.

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  5. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    Never before has the true, loving face of the Labour Party been captured with such clarity

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  6. Chthoniid (2,047 comments) says:

    @IHStewart

    Yeah, the introduced wasp species are very nasty. They’re an extinction-machine for a lot of our native invertebrates, and incredibly hard to control at an ecological scale.

    @Elyacee

    This is the Springbok one :)
    Setup was the standard camera, macro lens and ring flash. I also set up a blue card behind the insect, with the aim of bouncing some light back on to her (and banishing the black areas that often are produced by the small apertures of macro photography). You don’t always have scope to use a card with macro photography, but its a good cheap tool when you can.

    Of course, picking a still day also helps; even light wind will produce too much motion to track the insect.

    @Carlos @sbk

    They’re an alert insect, and often turn to look at the you. I’m afraid she always looks like this, it’s not post-coital :)

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  7. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    FFS can we get off the subject of Cunliffe? this is getting tedious.

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