Project 365: Day 27, Mantastic Mantis!!
A Praying Mantis Nymph
Gotta love these little guys! Captured this critter today morning in Thol(my second visit of the week). It can easily fit on the tip of a pencil.
Mantis are ferocious hunters and natural pest control agents. They have claw-like forelimbs which strike out to grab prey at lightening speed.The Mantid immediately starts devouring the prey, alive, head first as the victim continues to struggle helplessly in its grip! Their only defense is camouflage. Even for hunting, a mantis uses stealth, waiting for its “meal” to approach.