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Taken 12-Feb-10
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Keywords:Praying Mantids, Praying Mantis
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Dimensions2637 x 2110
Original file size984 KB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken12-Feb-10 10:18
Date modified23-Mar-12 18:53
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D300S
Focal length85 mm
Focal length (35mm)127 mm
Max lens aperturef/5.7
Exposure1/400 at f/5.6
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias-1 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Aperture priority
ISO speedISO 1000
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Praying Mantis, Zimbabwe Feb 2010

Praying Mantis, Zimbabwe Feb 2010

The praying mantis is named for its prominent front legs, which are bent and held together at an angle that suggests the position of prayer. The larger group of these insects is more properly called the praying mantids. Mantis refers to the genus mantis, to which only some praying mantids belong.
By any name, these fascinating insects are formidable predators. They have triangular heads poised on a long "neck," or elongated thorax. Mantids can turn their heads 180 degrees to scan their surroundings with two large compound eyes and three other simple eyes located between them. (National