The Sanjay Gandhi National Park Photography Contest 2015
Blowing In The Wind
Special Mention: Saurabh Sawant
Is it a leaf? Or is it an insect? It is difficult to distinguish this dead leaf mantis belonging to the order Mantodea from the dry leaf that it has attached itself to as it flutters in the wind. One of the many species of brown mantises that use various parts of plants to camouflage themselves, the dead leaf mantis is an expert ‘leaf mimicker’, and even follows the movement of the leaves it is on.
EXIF: Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm, ISO: 100, Shutter speed: 1/80 sec., Aperture: f/6.3, Focal length: 55 mm.