Praying Mantid

Blog 12 Praying Mantid
We rescued this Praying Mantid while pruning and I moved it to a Begonia where I could photograph it more easily. Later I read that they are territorial, so I hope the move didn’t cause it too much trouble.
Mantids are stealth hunters and catch their prey in their strong spiny front limbs. They will eat anything they can overpower, including small lizards and frogs. The green of this one makes it almost invisible in the foliage.
In a cooler climate like ours they only have one lot of offspring a year – eggs are encased in an egg case and the young emerge fully formed but tiny.

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