• Praying Mantis

    Image ID
    FOT544176
    Rights
    RF Royalty Free
    Image Details
    Image File Attributes
    11.8 MB
    JPEG
    Image Dimensions
    5906 x 4247 px
    Image Print Size (at 300 ppi)
    500 x 360 mm
    19.7 x 14.2 in
    Visual Size @300ppi
    Keywords
    camouflage; feelers; green; insect; male; pray; praying mantis prayer priest preacher humble hunter leaf-like close-up
    Description
    Praying Mantises are exclusively predatory and their diet usually consists of living insects; larger species have been known to prey on small lizards, frogs, birds, snakes, and even rodents. Most species are known to engage in cannibalism. The majority of mantises are ambush predators, waiting for prey to stray too near. The mantis then lashes out at remarkable speed. Some ground and bark species, however, pursue their prey rather quickly. Prey items are caught and held securely with grasping, spiked forelegs ("raptorial legs"); the first thoracic segment, the prothorax, is commonly elongated and flexibly articulated, allowing for greater range of movement of the front limbs while the remainder of the body remains more or less immobile. The articulation of the head is also remarkably flexible, permitting nearly 300 degrees of movement in some species, allowing for a great range of vision (their compound eyes have a large binocular field of vision) without having to move the remainder of the body.
    Uploader
    Rodger Shagam
    Contributor
    Rodger Shagam
    Date Taken
    2009-06-05
    Uploaded on
    2009-06-05
    Collection
    Rodger Shagam, africanpix
    Category
    Animals
    Sub Category
    Insects
    Setting
    Outdoor
    Point of view
    Below camera
    People
    Without people
    Dominant colour
    #90A060