Male praying mantis in flight

Male praying mantis in flight

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This image is part of the sequence Animals: Praying mantis (insect) in flight

Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: High-speed photograph of a male praying mantis in flight. The mantids and the dragonflies were the first flying insects to appear on Earth. Their muscles are much less efficient than those of other insects; their wings beat only four times per second, whereas the mosquito beats its wings around 1000 times per second. The mantis is a daytime hunter, with a voracious & indiscriminate appetite for insects, lizards, frogs and even small birds.

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Keywords: animal, flight, in flight, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, mantis, nature, praying mantis, wildlife, zoology

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