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preying mantis

preying / praying mantis macro photography close up

Preying mantis IMG 1312 - When seen at close range this carnivorous insect looks like a fiercesome alien monster, but in reality this weird creature is an invaluable ally in the perpetual war that farmers and gardeners face to control insect pests that damage crops and other cultivated plants. It plays an important role in the natural environment by preying on less welcome insect species, and although its predatory lifestyle is the reason for its common name of 'preying mantis', it's also referred to as a 'praying mantis' as the pose it strikes when ready to attack seems to resemble that of a Christian asking God for his blessing. 

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