Image: Ed Rascaille
A very stylish fellow
Out of all the creatures in the insect world, many people find the praying mantis the most fascinating. Perhaps it’s the distinctive pose – which gave these predators their name – standing still and silent with their forearms bent, as if in prayer. Or maybe it’s their reputation as ruthless predators, which seems so at odds with their ‘religious’ bearing. After all, there aren’t too many insects that have gained great notoriety for eating their mates after copulation.
Yet there’s even more to find intriguing about the praying mantis, as we’ll discover through these amazing pictures of its incredible, and sometimes quite bizarre, life cycle.