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willow Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 32] (147)
Possibly an Indian flower mantis - Creobroter gemmatus

I could have easily passed by – but its display attracted me.

Tropical flower mantises as the name suggests, resemble flowers. The wing is a close match to the nearby Celosia.

They so closely resemble flowers that prey insects will often mistakenly land on them, to get nectar.

Or it felt threatened.

Praying mantises, when threatened, stand tall and spread their forelegs with their wings fanning out wide (Patterson). The fanning of the wings is used to make the mantis seem larger and to scare the opponent.

Could this be what happened?


DESCRIPTION

The head of a praying mantis is triangularly shaped. And has two long antennae at the top that are used for general navigation. Usually there are three ocelli, one is situated in-between the antennae with the other 2 sited above.

The eyes bulge large and round from the sides of the head. These large eyes are made even more effective by the ability, to rotate its head from side to side in a full 180-degree angle, thus giving all-round vision.
The eyes are the only sense that they use in hunting prey, so sensitive that they can detect the slightest movement up to 60 feet away.

The praying mantis, like most insects, has six legs. The rear four legs are the main walking legs, while the front two legs are shorter and set in a “praying position.
These are easily recognizable raptorial legs - lower tibia and upper femur, which are lined with spines and tipped with sharp hooks which they use to capture and kill prey, that all Mantodea have.
These characteristic forelegs are not exclusive to Mantodea, Similar specialisation may be found in Phymatidae (Hemiptera), Reduviidae (Hemiptera), and especially Mantispidae (Neuroptera).

Being at the top of the insect food chain and strictly carnivorous, with a voracious appetite they eat almost any insect they can overcome.

The mouth is designed for chewing and biting. There are upper and lower jaws as well as palps along the sides. Almost always the feeding starts immediately while the prey is still alive, starting from the prey's neck, to further immobilise and eventually kill the victim.

Praying mantises are deaf to most sounds, as there are no ears on the head.
They have one single ear in the middle of the abdomen on the underside. This ear, which is simply a deep slit inside the abdomen, allows it to hear ultrasonic sounds.
Recently it has been discovered that this chamber provides the mantis with a means of detecting bats, one of their main predators.
Apparently, as the sound frequency increases rapidly, this indicates an approaching bat, the mantis then will drastically change its flight pattern from horizontal flight, to begin a direct, high speed nose dive towards the safety of the ground. Often this descent will be preceded by an aerial loop or spin. Other times, the entire decent will consist of a downward spiral.

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willow Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 32] (147)
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Edited by:maheshpatil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 33 N: 227] (1237)

Sorry I was late to post the WS coz of heavy work load.Here it is. I have just mounted a Anti Glare screen for my PC so this might not be a proper WS.
Cropped to remove vacant spaces
Adjusted Levels(0.60)
Increased contrast
Decreased brightness a bit
Unsharpen Mask (0.1 and 200%)
Added a frame
Neat Image to remove noise
You can download Neat Image from Internet.

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willow Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 32] (147)
some small modifications
Edited by:ferranjlloret Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 792 W: 57 N: 2113] (10340)

Hi Philip,
The shot has seemed me very good and have made a workshop with some small modifications, I expect that it does not bother you, thank you for teaching these so beautiful animals

Salutacions cordials
Ferran