Giant Asian Mantis (Hierodula sp.), female
This huge female mantis was on the ground being harassed by a marauding hornet which was noisily and menacingly hovering nearby while the mantis assumed an offensive posture and occasionally struck out at its assailant. I shoo-ed the hornet away but she held her stance long enough for me to snap a couple of images, before turning tail and taking cover in the undergrowth….
by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu'er, Yunnan, China
See more Chinese praying mantids on my Flickr site HERE…..