Monday, January 10, 2011

Photo: Praying Mantis in Defense Posture

Here is a rare photo of a praying mantis who moved into a defensive posture when a lizard started approaching the insect.

I had no idea that a praying mantis could turn itself into such a large and scary posture.

It almost looks alien. Look at its head and eyes.

And yes, the defensive posture worked and the lizard went away.

I learned that praying mantis are rather strong and even sting and kill hummingbirds when the birds go to feeders.

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12 comments:

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

What planet were you on when you photographed this strange creature?

Camila Borssoi said...

WOW! I never saw it, what a amazing picture! Congrats.

Paul said...

I love these creatures, not seen one in several years, not since holiday in warmer climes. Nice photo.

Kate said...

You have educated us all! From now on I will leave a praying mantis a good deal of room, if I ever meet one.

Sharon said...

I had no idea a praying mantis could kill a hummingbird. I always thought of them as gentle insects!

Jim Klenke said...

that is scary looking, i would leave it alone if i saw it

Jarart said...

These insects can look so scary. I've seen one in this posture before and I wouldn't want to mess with it. Alien is the right description for them. What a shot!!

glenda said...

Wow, he is pretty scary. Back off lizard!

Rob and Mandy said...

Gorgeous creature!

ρομπερτ said...

How incredible a picture. Impressed !!!

Please have you all a good Tuesday.


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JM said...

Fantastic!

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