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Praying Mantis Well Equipped For Predation

A praying mantis is a formidable predator to all sort of insects and even an occasional hummingbird. Its forelegs are lightning fast – it takes a mantis only 50-70 milliseconds to strike out with its foremost pair of legs and grasp its prey.  Look closely and you’ll see rows of spines on these legs that help a mantis grasp its prey while it eats it.  However, even these adaptations don’t always guarantee a meal.  Seconds after being caught the wasp (in the inset photo) quickly slipped the mantis’s grip and flew to safety.

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2 responses

  1. Alice

    An amazing insect…it’ll catch something else. They are so super fast…do not want to think about a Hummingbird being captured 😢

    August 26, 2022 at 11:30 am

  2. Mean as all hell! One as won my front porch iron railing! He/she saw me looking at him! Interpretation from it, I was staring/threatening it! Successfully scared me! 🙂 ❤

    https://wingsajourneyinfaith.wordpress.com/2015/04/12/praying-mantis-wings-and-our-secret-weapons/

    August 26, 2022 at 3:53 pm

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