Macro of a Praying Mantis (Mantis religiosa)

A macro photo (full body) of a female praying mantis, species Mantis religiosa. This one was found in the wild in Portugal, climbing on a plastic structure (thus the background). The common name, Praying Mantis, comes from the stance these insects take, resembling a praying position, and formed by their raptor legs. Praying Mantis(es) are predatory animals feeding on other insects. Their shape and color is a very good example of camouflage by mimicry and the praying mantis can easily blend in with the foliage. I was not counting on any macro shots when I saw this little one, so forgive me the poor lighting (direct on-camera flash).

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Category: Macro, Nature, Wildlife

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