Mantis (order Dictyoptera) eating a grasshopper

Mantis (order Dictyoptera) eating a grasshopper

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Caption: Mantis. View of an unidentified mantis (green, order Dictyoptera) on a twig, eating a grasshopper (brown). With its prey clasped in its forelegs the mantis makes a meal of the head of the grasshopper. The mantis is exhibiting leaf mimicry. This imitation of plants is known a phytomimesis. The insect's appearance provides camouflage as it lies in wait for prey and also protects it from predators. The mantis is a daytime hunter with a voracious appetite for insects, lizards, frogs and even small birds. Because of its efficiency in capturing prey, in some countries the mantis is bred for biological pest control.

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Keywords: animal, dictyoptera, eaten by mantis, eating grasshopper, grasshopper, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, leaf mimic, mantis, nature, phytomemisis, predator, wildlife, zoology

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