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Conehead Mantis This past week I had my first encounter with this species, but I had a few problems, all my batteries for my flash died very quickly and the wind was not my friend that day... The next day I thought: "It's very unlikely that the mantis will be on the same area but I have to give it a try!" So there I went and for my absolute surprise it was on exactly the same branch! This is my favorite shot of that day :-)  Conehead Mantis,Empusa pennata,Europe,Fall,Geotagged,Portugal,insect Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Conehead Mantis

This past week I had my first encounter with this species, but I had a few problems, all my batteries for my flash died very quickly and the wind was not my friend that day... The next day I thought: "It's very unlikely that the mantis will be on the same area but I have to give it a try!" So there I went and for my absolute surprise it was on exactly the same branch! This is my favorite shot of that day :-)

    comments (7)

  1. Wow! When I saw the thumbnail, I thought this photo was for the plant! Amazing camouflage! And, I'm glad it was still there for you so you could get this awesome shot! Posted 14 days ago
    1. Hehe, yes, it really is the master of disguise. Thank you so much for your kind feedback Christine. Posted 13 days ago
      1. You're welcome, Flavio :) Posted 12 days ago
  2. Amazing - what a look! Posted 14 days ago
    1. Thanks a lot Barry ;-) Posted 13 days ago
  3. Very nice! Posted 14 days ago
    1. Thank you very much :-) Posted 13 days ago

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''Empusa pennata'', common names conehead mantis in English and ''mantis palo'' in Spanish, is a species of praying mantis in genus ''Empusa''. It can be found in Spain and parts of Portugal and France.

Similar species: Mantises
Species identified by Flavio
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Uploaded Nov 21, 2021. Captured Nov 18, 2021 09:02 in 4687+QC Moncarapacho, Portugal.
  • X-T20
  • f/1.0
  • 1/20s
  • ISO200
  • 100mm