Macrophoto of praying mantis eating grasshopper

Macrophoto of praying mantis eating grasshopper

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Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Mantis feeding. Macrophotograph of the praying mantis Mantis religiosa, eating a grasshopper. With prey clasped in its forelegs the mantis makes a meal of the head of the grasshopper. Mantis religiosa is a daytime hunter with a voracious appetite for insects. Because of its efficiency in capturing prey, in some countries the praying mantis is bred as a biological pest control organism. The familiar pose of the mantis (which means "soothsayer or prophet"), is the prayer stance. The prehensile forelegs that effect this stance extend and retract rapidly in the act of catching its prey.

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Keywords: animal, eaten by mantis, feeding, grasshopper, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, mantis, nature, praying mantis, predator, religiosa, wildlife, with grasshopper, zoology

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