Friday, November 30, 2007

2 mantid abdomen tips compared

(Photos have been "fixed" so you can click and enlarge.)

I took these pictures last week, but I've been sitting on them, because I didn't feel like organizing them. So here. Two females.

(L to R) Stagmomantis californica and Iris oratoria

Same mantids viewed from above.

S. californica ventral view

I. oratoria ventral, showing distinctive abdomen spot (and bonus cute face!)

OK, here's californica's cute face, too.

...and her claws

...and her pretty wings. They made me think of stained glass, so I played with them in Photoshop. You can see the result here.

One more cute iris face.
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