Praying Mantises or Gottesanebeterinnen in German (literally praying to God) always had this cool aura with their forelegs crossed as it looked as they would be praying. No wonder earlier civilizations looked upon them as having super-powers. In China, they are considered good luck and are shared as gifts.
Even though the larger female was often portraited as a "femme fatale" because they may devour its male counterpart during or after the mating part, they were looked upon as beneficial as they would eat other insects. But now a new study by the University of Basel suggests that the adored Mantis, who is even held as a pet, can be a blood-thirsty killer and can even kill and devour small birds.
Find out more about that in my blog - http://tidbits-schnaeppchen.blogspot.com/2017/07/praying-mantises-feed-on-bird-brains.html
Folder: Flora & Fauna
Uploaded: Jul 11, 2017