Macro of a Praying Mantis (Mantis religiosa)

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A macro photo (full body) of a female praying mantis, species Mantis religiosa. This one was found in the wild in Portugal, climbing on a plastic structure (thus the background)..The common name, Praying Mantis, comes from the stanc  these insects take while motioneless, resembling a praying position, and formed by their raptor legs..Praying Mantis(es) are predatory animals feeding on other insects..Their shape and color is a very good example of camouflage by mimicry and the praying mantis can easily blend in with the foliage...I was not counting on any macro shots when I saw this little one, so forgive me the poor lighting (direct on-camera flash).
A macro photo (full body) of a female praying mantis, species Mantis religiosa. This one was found in the wild in Portugal, climbing on a plastic structure (thus the background)..The common name, Praying Mantis, comes from the stanc these insects take while motioneless, resembling a praying position, and formed by their raptor legs..Praying Mantis(es) are predatory animals feeding on other insects..Their shape and color is a very good example of camouflage by mimicry and the praying mantis...
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