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…..

Etta: “Look what we found Cordell!”

Cordell: “Wow! That praying mantis is huge!”

Etta: “Cool, huh?”

Cordell: “Super cool.”

Joelle: “You guys are so weird.”

Cordell: “You’re the weird one.”

Joelle: “Am not!”

Cordell: “You are in this family.”

Joelle: “No I’m - I mean, maybe, but that’s okay since everyone in this family is weird. Everyone else, that is.”

Etta: “Nature is cool.”