Praying Mantis Having Dinner by Istvan froghunter

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I have been watching the behaviour of Praying mantises for 9 days now spending 8 to 9 hours a day on the observed territory. So I had the opportunity to study them in the strangest situations.
Watching them mating and hunting was a great experience which inspired me to continue gathering further information on them.
Praying mantises are incredibly greedy and fierce predators. They mainly feed on insects. According to the special literature they also take smaller birds ans mammals as prey.
As the territory being observed is extremely rich in insects I saw them capture only grasshoppers and bees but they may take other insects as well.
The female mantis in the picture took a more than 2 cm size grasshopper and ate it during 5 minutes.


  • Toni Kane
    Toni Kanealmost 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture Istvan, They are truly amazing critters. I’m just glad I’m not a male one lol.

  • Thank you so much Toni !
    Best. Istvan

    – Istvan froghunter

  • Heather King
    Heather Kingalmost 3 years ago

    what a fascinating read and brilliant capture Istvan!!! such a lovely shot

  • Thank you so very much Heather !
    Best. Istvan

    – Istvan froghunter

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 3 years ago

  • Thanks Ray !

    – Istvan froghunter

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 3 years ago

    Very nice crisp detailed colors in this capture Istvan

  • So many thanks Larry !
    Best wishes. Istvan

    – Istvan froghunter

  • EvaAn68
    EvaAn68almost 3 years ago

    WOW!!! What a great shot Istvan!!!

  • Thank you so much Eva !
    Best. Istvan

    – Istvan froghunter

  • julie08
    julie08almost 3 years ago

    Fantastic macro :)

  • Thank you very much Julie !
    Best. Istvan

    – Istvan froghunter

  • Paul Hickson
    Paul Hicksonalmost 3 years ago

    wow what an amazing shot!! awesome work!!

  • Thank you so much Paul !
    Best. Istvan

    – Istvan froghunter

  • Mariann Kovats
    Mariann Kovatsalmost 3 years ago

    Egy masik fantasztikus felvetel, Istvan! Elveztem a leirasodat is, fogalmam sem volt, hogy meg kisebb madarat is megesznek.

  • marens
    marensalmost 3 years ago

    great capture Istvan – excellent clarity and colours!!!

  • Thanks a lot Marian !
    Best. Istvan

    – Istvan froghunter

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesalmost 3 years ago

    Super capture Istvan! All the best, Mark.

  • Thank you so much Mark !
    Best wishes. Istvan

    – Istvan froghunter

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