Predator by Hubba1 ()
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Mantises are exclusively predatory. Larger species have been known to prey on small lizards, frogs, birds, snakes, and even rodents; they will prey upon any species small enough to successfully capture and devour. Most species of mantis are known to engage in cannibalism. The majority of mantises are ambush predators, waiting for prey to stray too near. The mantis then lashes out at remarkable speed. Some ground and bark species, however, pursue their prey rather quickly. Prey items are caught and held securely with grasping, spiked forelegs.
An oldie but goodie :)
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Looks' like the poster for a horror movie. You got a great down to level shot of this creepy creature. I have never seen one of these in Florida, although I know others who have seen them. There have even been a few cases of these catching Hummingbirds.