Excellent examples demonstrating Darwin's theory of 'survival of the fittest' (fittest in the sense of best adapted to the environment).
However, I get a sense there's quite a bit of noise in some of these shots. Did you not use a tripod? The ratsnake looks pretty stationary. You probably could have bracketed shots for greater DR and less noise with that one.
Just a suggestion .
The "noise" in the mantid photo was actually the plastic of the container I was keeping him in.
I caught him at night, and the next day I tried to set him up on a treetrunk for a photo ... but he is a fast
lil bugger and I barely caught him again.
So I "cheated" a bit and put him on a lichen-rich stick in his plastic container in order to get the photo ... so that's why it has kindofa lousy backdrop. But even though the shot would never make it to a magazine, I still find the camo interesting.
Maybe I will try an old bug-photographer's trick and stick him in the refrigerator to "slow him down," so that I can place him on a nice setting to where I will have a few minutes to really get a nice shot of him, before he becomes "fast" again