Praying mantises are named in such a manner for their distinguished front legs that are bent and held together in an angle that looks like a position of prayer. These fascinating insects are also known as intimidating predators. Mantis are usually seen in the color of green or brown, and they can very well camouflage themselves among the plants they live on.
The praying mantis has an elongated thorax with a triangular head poised on them. They also have the ability to turn their triangular heads 180 degrees and have two big compound eyes and another three other eyes that are located in between them. These astonishing insects snare their prey with their two front legs which are equipped with spikes which also helps them pin their prey in place.
Mantis insects also eat others of their own kind. The adult female insect would also sometimes eat its mate when mating or even just after it. This is a prominent renowned mating behavior of these insects. However, this mating behavior does not seem to discourage adult males from reproduction.
These praying mantises insects most of the time go unnoticed to our very own naked eye. However, they play an important key role in wildlife photographer Pang Way’s work or art of capturing such insects that go unnoticed in a close-up and elegant manner. Many other wildlife photographers have also portrayed how amazing these little beauties are.
Here is a small collection of photographer Pang Way pictures of praying mantises he had captured up close.