Praying Mantis

>> Feb 26, 2011

There’s a big smile on my face when I saw my husband captured this cute creature. Right in the front of camera lens, the mantis was shaking its body sideways-right and left repetitively.

For you who confused with the intricate reflections; let me explain it here. The praying mantis was on the top of our (dusty) black car; and the car was right under the car port.

A praying mantis, or praying mantid, is the common name for an insect of the order Mantodea. The word is sometimes misspelled “preying” mantis, reasonably, since they are natural predators. In fact, they get their names for the typical "prayer-like" posture. The word mantis is actually derived from the Greek word mantis for prophet or fortune teller.

Their huge compound eyes mounted on the triangular, almost alien-like head, have a large field of vision. They can detect movement of prey. They are also able to turn their head 180 degrees for excellent vision and hearing. Their antennae are most likely used for smell.

The movement and speed of the praying mantis inspires many myths, stories, and superstitions. For centuries, praying mantises have been a staple of some styles of martial arts that imitate their flexibility. Southern Praying Mantis style is one particular
mantis kung fu style that originated in Southern China. I love praying mantis character in Kung Fu Panda!
Source: Wikipedia &
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