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Praying Mantis

Mantis religiosa


A Praying Mantis spotted along the boardwalk that goes through the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park. "Generally, mantises protect themselves by camouflage and concealment. ... Mantises are camouflaged, and most species make use of protective coloration to blend in with the foliage or substrate, both to avoid predators, and to better snare their prey." Source Credit: Wikipedia. The coloration of this individual is almost perfectly matched with the color of the boardwalk.


Huntley Meadows Park, a 1,425 acre wetland area in Fairfax County, Virginia USA. Related Resource:


Copyright © 2012 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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1 Comment

BobSpader 9 years ago

Matches the boardwalk very well - "Hide in plain sight." I wonder what it would do on a piece of purple paper . . .

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Virginia, USA

Spotted on Jun 26, 2012
Submitted on Aug 27, 2012

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