Image of a praying mantis in flight

Image of a praying mantis in flight

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Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: High speed flash image of a praying mantis, Mantis religiosa , in flight. It belongs to the order known as Dictyoptera which contains two groups of animals: the cockroaches and the mantids. The predatory limb of the praying mantis is formed by a femur and a tibia (brown) and both are equipped with two rows of spines. In the resting position, femur and tibia are folded together and held close to the thorax in the praying posture. In one twentieth of a second they are opened and extended forward to catch a prey which is then firmly secured by the spines.

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

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