An online resource based on the award-winning nature guide –

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.

Naturally Curious is supported by donations. If you choose to contribute, you may go to and click on the yellow “donate” button.

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! 🙂 ❤

    August 26, 2022 at 3:53 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s