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Praying Mantis

Auckland, New Zealand | 22 comments

Just before I entered the first house I rented in New Zealand I saw a very tiny animal that was clearly not an ant. It was a very young praying mantis. Few weeks later I found many big ones in the garden.

Praying mantis cleaning itself
Praying mantis cleaning itself

The animals are easy to catch. Moreover, they often just walk on your hand when you hold it in front of the animal.

Praying mantis producing an egg case
Praying mantis producing an egg case

One day I released a Monarch butterfly (I kept the caterpillars and chrysalises in the house to protect them from hungry birds) and when it landed on a flower, a praying mantis cut it into little pieces. Mantids are very efficient hunters.

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