A rare and special moment.A big female mantis(Mantis religiosa)eating a wall-lizard.Spain.


mantis religiosa, wall lizard


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I’m a dutch artist and nature-photographer(especially macro)currently based in N-Spain.

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  • linaji
    linajialmost 5 years ago

    Good god.. did you do this with photoshop? I so love praying mantis.. they are my only bug I absolutely love..

  • Thanks for commenting!Mantids are my favourite kind of insects too!
    No,no photoshop.It’s real,but it happens very seldom.Most of the time mantids eat other insects,but occassionally the bigger species seize prey like small frogs,mice,birds or like in this case lizards.It was the first time I witnessed this.

    – jimmy hoffman

  • DavidROMAN
    DavidROMANalmost 5 years ago

    HAHAHA great shot I wonder about it? I thought they were eating only bugs. But this ones a real killer.

  • Thanks for your nice comment,David.
    Yes,normally they eat insects but very rarely the bigger species seize prey like small frogs,mice,birds,or like in this case,lizards.

    – jimmy hoffman

  • DavidROMAN
    DavidROMANalmost 5 years ago

    Wow thats a real insight into these creatures !Very interesting indeed.
    No wonder I was always nervous around them real killers I see.
    Thanks for sharing that with me. In that case I gotta give ya a fav how long did you have to wait to get that shot or do you have them in a cage and raise them?

  • This praying mantis(Mantis religiosa)is a very common species in Spain,where I live.This big female was living in our backyard for some time.One morning I saw her eating this wall-lizard(also a very common species)starting with the lizards’ head.It’s a terrible way to die,eaten alive!I was feeling very sorry for the poor lizard,but that’s live.Es la vida!

    – jimmy hoffman

  • DavidROMAN
    DavidROMANalmost 5 years ago

    Well you got a super shot maybe you send it to national Geographic they would love that baby!!
    Good luck and thanks again.

  • TheFae
    TheFaealmost 5 years ago


  • Anne Smyth
    Anne Smythabout 4 years ago

    wow! incredible moment and capture

  • Thanks Anne.:)

    – jimmy hoffman

  • headygirl
    headygirlover 2 years ago

    ummmmmmm amazing

  • carol brandt
    carol brandtalmost 2 years ago

    spectacular photography !!
    what an amazing capture – for both of you!

  • Thanks!:)

    – jimmy hoffman

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