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The pray mantis is the apex predator of the insect world. Which is saying a lot when you have spiders and scorpions running around, and that’s not mentioning the other horrors that await in the undergrowth.



With camoflauged skin , it stalks and awaits it’s prey patiently who once they come to close they are snared by the serated front legs !

Just about any other smaller isnect is fair game for these guys, including their own species,  esepcially after mating. ( not really a fun time)


If their was one insect that I wouldn’t want to be our human size, it’s not the spider, it’s this guy. You just wouldn’t see him coming and when you did, it would be too late.


Quick Facts :
-Live around 12 months in the wild.

-Can grow up to 15cm long

-About the same size of a tea cup

- Able to turn their heads 180 (see excorcist)





Lucky for me (and the praymantis)  I happened to come across one whilst doing revegetation work for The Green Army. My partner used her hawk-like eyes to spot the insect, who we then held up for a quick photoshoot before moving to a slightly safer place , as we were removing the invasive plant species around the area.



Reference

Praying Mantids, Praying Mantis Pictures, Praying Mantis Facts - National Geographic. 2015. Praying Mantids, Praying Mantis Pictures, Praying Mantis Facts - National Geographic. [ONLINE] Available at: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com.au/animals/bugs/praying-mantis/. [Accessed 29 May 2015]

http://insects.about.com/od/roachesandmantids/a/10-Fascinating-Facts-About-Praying-Mantids.htm

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Insects of the Netherlands, illustrated from Life. ; By Sepp, Jan Christiaan, 1739-1811 on Flickr.

explanation of plates > www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/103630#page/15/mode/1up Publication info Amsterdam: JC Sepp, [1762-1860]
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