Praying Mantis dalam Lensa (Tablet 8.9)

Josh Chen – Global Citizen

 

Suatu siang setelah memarkir mobil di satu tempat untuk meeting, saya turun dari mobil, tiba-tiba mata tertumbuk pada satu benda kecil berwarna hijau di atas kap mesin. Setelah saya dekati ternyata seekor belalang sembah – praying mantis (Sphodromantis viridis). Bahasa ‘resmi’nya ternyata adalah belalang sentadu, yang saya yakin sangat jarang orang yang tahu ini, lebih banyak mengenal dengan sebutan belalang sembah.

Karena tertarik dengan gerak-geriknya, layaknya sedang berlatih kungfu jurus belalang, saya ingin menjepretnya. Hanya sayang sekali tidak membawa camera ‘yang cukup layak’ untuk urusan macro. Dari handheld saya ternyata tidak cukup mumpuni menjepret si belalang yang sedang berlatih kungfu di siang hari bolong. Di tangan hanya ada Galaxy Tab 8.9 yang selalu saya tenteng untuk urusan kantor. Segera saya jepret beberapa kali dengan berbagai posenya.

Setelah melihatnya di dalam ruangan dan men’download’nya ke laptop, ternyata hasilnya tidak terlalu mengecewakan. Dengan spesifikasi seadanya, pixel 3MP, ternyata detail kaki-kaki belalang dengan gerigi tajamnya terekam lumayan jelas. Ah, saya jadi ingin bereksperimen lebih jauh lagi dengan perangkat Tablet 8.9 ini untuk menjepret macro. Masih jauh memang dibandingkan dengan jepretan Mbah Gandalf dengan HTC Desire S (5MP) di: http://baltyra.com/2011/11/28/macro-through-my-desire-s/. Dan memang benar, gadgets ternyata sangat layak digunakan jika tahu cara menggunakannya.

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Untuk sekedar pelengkap dan tambah-tambah sedikit pengetahuan, saya sertakan kutipan dari Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantis

Mantises have two grasping, spiked forelegs (“raptorial legs”) in which prey items are caught and held securely. In most insect legs, including the posterior four legs of a mantis, the coxa and trochanter combine as an inconspicuous base of the leg; in the raptorial legs however, the coxa and trochanter combine to form a segment about as long as the femur, which is a spiky part of the grasping apparatus (see illustration). Located at the base of the femur are a set of discoidal spines, usually four in number, but ranging from zero to as many as five depending on the species. These spines are preceded by a number of tooth-like tubercles, which, along with a similar series of tubercles along the tibia and the apical claw near its tip, give the foreleg of the mantis its grasp on its prey. The foreleg ends in a delicate tarsus made of between four and five segments and ending in a two-toed claw with no arolium and used as a walking appendage.

The mantis thorax consists of a prothorax, a mesothorax, and a metathorax. In all species apart from the genus Mantoida, the prothorax, which bears the head and forelegs, is much longer than the other two thoracic segments. The prothorax is also flexibly articulated, allowing for a wide range of movement of the head and forelimbs while the remainder of the body remains more or less immobile. The articulation of the neck is also remarkably flexible; some species of mantis can rotate the head nearly 180 degrees.

Mantids may have a visual range of up to 20 metres. Their compound eyes may comprise up to 10,000 ommatidia. The eyes are widely spaced and laterally situated, affording a wide binocular field of vision) and, at close range, precise stereoscopic vision. The dark spot on each eye is a pseudopupil. As their hunting relies heavily on vision, mantids are primarily diurnal. Many species will however fly at night, and then may be attracted to artificial lights. Nocturnal flight is especially important to males in search of less-mobile females that they locate by detecting their pheromones. Flying at night exposes mantids to fewer bird predators than diurnal flight would. Many mantises also have an auditory thoracic organ that helps them to avoid bats by detecting their echolocation and responding evasively.

 

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54 Comments to "Praying Mantis dalam Lensa (Tablet 8.9)"

  1. anoew  26 May, 2013 at 09:14

    Ternyata tak salah juga kalau betis para gadis yang langsing indah itu dikatakan sebagai “kaki belalang” karena memang indah menawan.

  2. Lani  25 May, 2013 at 02:36

    JL : walang kekek……..walange kadung………hayooooooo teruske dewe iku si mbak Waljinah……..pie kabare Kudus?????

  3. Hennie Triana Oberst  23 May, 2013 at 20:06

    Gandalf oh gitu ya?
    Hasil test di sini yang aku baca. Yah mana ajalah, yang penting bagus untuk telpon

  4. jl  23 May, 2013 at 14:19

    Walang kadung

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