Monday, August 31, 2009

Praying Mantis on a Celosia bloom

When you are a dirty hands gardener you begin to "see' many incredible
live plants and flowers and creatures. The mantis is a self
camouflaged flying insect of the family Mantidae. Although
they have a prayer-like stance they are notorious predators,
hence their other name - preying mantis. They are ambush
predators grasping their prey with raptorial forelegs. The
articulation of their head allows for turning movement of nearly
300 degrees allowing for favorable field of vision without
having to move their body. This one checked me out by
turning its head toward me before re-assuming its position.

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