Praying Mantises (or is it "Mantii") aren't uncommon in Swaziland and this one only caught my eye because it was relatively large and I because I needed a subject to try and my new Kodak point and shoot (which also happened to be my first ever camera). It wasn't until about 3 snaps into the photo session that I realised the mantis had something in its mouth.
I submitted this photo to the (then) BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition in the Animal Portraits category I think. Needless to say, I had absolutely no idea how to properly prepare an image for a competition and I think that, instead of reducing the file size slightly, I converted all my images into small thumbnails. Anyway, this shot actually reached the semi-finals.
Would it have made the finals had it been taken with a better camera? Who knows? All I know is that it was about a metre from my front door.
What an epic battle it could have been...
Lucha a Muerte or "Fight to the Death".
What's the story? Did the two corpses simply find their way ashore on the tide or was there more to it?
This was one of my first photos ever taken on my own camera - a point-and-shoot Kodak Z740 ZOOM.
Taken in Cangas, Spain 2007
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