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Compound Eye

The many facets of science photography

Thrifty Thursday: Preying, Praying, Whatever. It's a Mantis.


Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500.

A mature female Chinese mantis, Tenodera sinensis

[Apple iPhone 4s - $300; backlit with a desk lamp]

A standard iPhone 4S doesn't normally have the oomph to photograph insects. Unless the insects are extremely big. A five-inch long Chinese mantis fills the frame at the iPhone's minimum focus distance.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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