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Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Gongylus gongylodes – Male





























Date taken: 26th February 2011
Camera equipment: Nikon D300 + Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D + Nikon Speedlight SB-800 with soft box + Nikon Speedlight SB-600 with soft box


46 comments:

Indrani said...

Wonderful macro shots, good for a science book.

Meri said...

Very sculptural guy -- he doesn't make me in the mood to mate, however.

Sukhmandir Kaur said...

I half expected to see a shot of you being swallowed up, the way it's looking at you and then it's fore arms reaching out... It appears almost dragon like with all it's leafy looking armor.

Buckeroomama said...

Oh my word --what awesome captures!

Dominique @Dominique's Desk said...

Is that a stick insect? Really good captures.

CK Ng said...

It is a wandering violin mantis. It is also called Indian rose mantis. :)

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Awesome captures, your pictures are fantastic! Interesting subject, I have no courage when it comes to these things :)

GrammyMouseTails said...

absolutely awesome captures! did you mount these as well? they are almost prehistoric looking. As much as I admire these photos & are so happy you commented on my blog so I could find you & these amazing photos, I have a feeling these guys will be in my dreams tonite!

Cafe au lait said...

Wonderful shots! Happy WW.

I played too. Mine are here and here.

Lynda said...

AWESOME!!! YIKES!!!

Joyful said...

Fantastic photos. Very cool.

PippaD AKA Mummy said...

Wow! Great shots... although I feel like I am about to be eaten lol

Stan said...

That's quite an insect. It's a good think they aren't big enough to be a problem, except to other bugs.

Stan at NewToReno.com said...

You've done a great job with a pretty scary looking critter.

minoki said...

The mos bautifull pictures, foar today. Congratulations!

LindsayDianne said...

Wow!!! I love these.

CARMEN said...

WOW!seems like Avatar! now I know, where did the inspiration come from! :))

Tony McGurk said...

Amazing CK, they are incredible photos. You are quite a talented & artistic photographer. Very well done.

Life with Kaishon said...

That is some name. What a specimen!

carol@simple_catholic said...

That thing is weird looking! Fantastic shots, though.

GayNYCDad said...

Wow.
Amazing shots!

Gabriel said...

Awesome pictures!!! We were just watching a documentary about the Praying Mantis ('mamboretá', as we called them in my native Argentina) on Sunday and we were amazed at the many different types there are and how stunningly beautiful they are... if you're looking at them with the eyes of an entomologist! :-)

My WW post, here

Wallabygold said...

These are awesome pictures!!! It's as though the praying mantis is posing just for you.

colleen said...

Is it real? It looks like a petrified preying mantis.

rebecca said...

serious close ups!

alicia said...

WOW! These should be in a magazine!

Y. Ikeda said...

Fabulous series of macro photos of praying mantis, which I find it so beautiful.
Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day.
Yoshi

CK Ng said...

Thanks so much for all your kind compliments, guys and gals. I'm really flattered. :)

Dave Dorsey said...

Lovely!

BK said...

Soooo cool :). Happy WW.

BK

http://bkwalkerscafe.com

JamericanSpice said...

I was thinking this would make good pages for a science book too.

Really great shots!

I saw the title and went, huh? :)

Only Prettier said...

Those are cool!

Will said...

This is from planet earth? What an unusual looking creature. Blends in with its surroundings, but even if seen, who would want to eat it?

Joel said...

Great shots!

catsynth said...

Very impressive photos! He definitely reminds me of a character from a science fiction movie (maybe Star Wars).

LucidLotus said...

Aliens walk among us, very cool. Your stuff is always so interesting and beautiful to look at. Happy ww:)

Gattina said...

Looks like a monster from another world ! I am scared !
Beautiful macros, though !

jayayceeblog said...

Wow, what an amazing insect. Looks like a cross between a praying mantis and a dead branch. Beautifully done close ups! Happy WW.

Ping said...

my goodness! Doesn't look a real creature but it is real!

AVCr8teur said...

Such an unusual creature. I have never seen one like it before. Pretty scary when it's look right at you.

lisaschaos said...

The whole series is wonderful! You did the most with the little fellow. :) He looks so proud. :)

Angel Cameo said...

What an incredible series of praying Mantis insect shots. These pictures really had me mesmerized. can't remember last time that happened.These are definitely worth sharing. Wow.

Snowcatcher said...

What a scary looking creature! These are stunning macros. Wonderful job!

CK Ng said...

Thanks once again for all your kind words, guys and gals. :)

Ping:> Those are my friend's pets that I mentioned to you the other time. That's why he needs to cultures fruit flies.

Candace said...

Your photos are awesome!! He's so interesting and creepy all at the same time!

Binky said...

He looks so alien he doesn't even look real. Great closeups!

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