(30 Sep 2016) Mantid flies belong to the family of the Mantids, 2,400 species world wide. They are closely related to lacewings. The front legs are bent below the head and jaw, and are extended when the creature is catching a prey. Flying mantids, like this one, catch prey during flight.
This specimen was sitting at on the doorstep of my front door. Mantid flies are easy subjects, because they don’t fly away despite having a camera close to them.
I used my Canon 550 EOS, with tripod and remote control to get a sharper photo. ISO 100, to avoid grain. That is possible because the creature was sitting in a sheltered spot, not in the wind, and therefore not moving. That allows for long shutter times. Aperture 5.6, 1/25. 60 mm macro lens plus and extension tube of 20 mm. About 100 mm away from the subject. The longer distances increase the depth of field, making the entire creature sharp. That is necessary as it is meant to give an impression of the entire fly. That is also the reason to take the photo from the side, instead of, for instance, head on. The transparent wings and legs are sharp and well visible too.