Praying Mantis

Moments with a Praying Mantis

Praying mantis is a ruthless and powerful predator of the natural world. It has the aptitude, the attitude and all the implements needed to be very successful at that. For a highly driven Praying mantis, no prey is out of bounds. It is quite capable of bringing down prey much bigger in size than itself. Mantises have been known to hunt reptiles like lizards, geckos and also some small birds. I have so much admiration for this creature....

November 19, 2021 · 3 min · Santhosh Krishnamoorthy

Praying Mantis

My previous post was on one of the most powerful predators in the world of arthropods, the Jumping Spiders. This one is about another family of arthropods, that are as much, if not more, notorious of hunters, as the jumpers. They are the Mantises. Mantis, more popularly known as the Praying Mantis ( owing to the way it’s front pair of legs are held, raised up, as if in a position of prayer ) also relies on powerful vision and stealth for hunting and has the necessary equipment for getting the job done....

August 13, 2015 · 3 min · Santhosh Krishnamoorthy

Bark Mantis

Most of the predators in nature, rely on stealth and camouflage to outsmart their prey. From the big cats like the tiger, leopard, to the smaller hunters like the jumping spiders and praying mantises. Here’s one that I came across recently. In one of the nature trails, just as I stepped past a large tree, I felt a sudden, brisk movement on its bark. For the split second that I was able to see, it seemed like a praying mantis to me....

September 1, 2014 · 3 min · Santhosh Krishnamoorthy

Praying Mantis - Raw Nature

One of the most powerful hunters among all the arthropods is the Praying Mantis. With its two long spiked forelegs, positioned, it lies in wait for its prey to get close. Once the prey gets within reach, the mantis lashes out at it with its forelegs and grasps it to make a meal of it. From Wikipedia, The mantis usually holds its prey with one arm between the head and thorax, and the other on the abdomen....

January 2, 2014 · 3 min · Santhosh Krishnamoorthy