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. Here the two pairs of wings are seen extended and in action; the compound eyes on the head of the mantis, and its segmented antennae are visible. The praying mantis is so called for its predatory posture: in the resting position, the spined femur and tibia of the forelimbs are folded together and held close to the thorax in a praying position. In one twentieth of a second the forelimbs are opened and extended forward to catch its prey which is then firmly secured by sharp 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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