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12 Incredible Praying Mantis Photos: Mantids Devouring Their Prey

12 Incredible Praying Mantis Photos: Mantids Devouring Their Prey

Praying mantises are some of the most incredible predatory insects on the planet. As part of our ongoing series on these fascinating creatures, we’ve collected 12 amazing photos of them eating their prey, and literally ripping their victims apart in some cases. This first image shows a four inch-long praying mantis well into lunching on a lizard – proof of the adaptability of the mantis as a predator, and its ability to ambush and eat not just insects, but prey of a significantly larger size such as lizards, birds and even rodents. Interestingly, some praying mantises’ names serve as an indicator of their predatory nature. For example, the Creobroter flower mantis’ moniker comes from the Greek “kreo” , meaning flesh, and “broter” , meaning “eating”. Photo: Nadav Bagim To catch their prey, praying mantises lash out with lightning speed, using their grasping, spiked forelegs...

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