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Mantis with Prey (bee)

Sphodromantis viridis


"Mantises have two grasping, spiked forelegs ("raptorial legs") in which prey items are caught and held securely...Most mantises are exclusively predatory and exceptions are predominantly so. Insects form their primary prey, but the diet of a mantis changes as it grows larger...The majority of mantises are ambush predators. Species that are predominantly ambush predators camouflage themselves and spend long periods standing perfectly still. They largely wait for their prey to stray within reach, but most mantises will chase tempting prey if it strays closely enough." ~wiki


spotted on the caper bush in my desert garden


This nymph has been in my garden for a few weeks now, mostly spending time hanging out by the caper buds and flowers as they open. I'm pretty sure he ate all of the caterpillars that hatched from these eggs: Kind of thankful about that because they would have munched way too much of my caper bush.

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32 Comments (1–25)

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 8 years ago

Thanks, Doro!

dororeinecke 8 years ago

Wowwww.... great pictures!

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 9 years ago

Thank you Omar and Tom! :-)

Tom15 9 years ago

Congratulations on a great spotting!

OmarAbdulQawy 9 years ago

Congratulations Bernadette !!

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 9 years ago

Thank you all! It has definitely been my "smile of the week". :-)

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Congratulations, Bernadette!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 9 years ago

congragulations well deserved NATGEOSOTW

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 9 years ago

Thats a freaking unbelievable miracle..well deserved SOTW...:)
Congratz bernadette...

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Lovely! Congrats Bernadette!

LeanneGardner 9 years ago

Oh fantastic! Congratulations Bernadette!

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 9 years ago

Thank you, Harsha, Rieko, and Sachin! I am one happy spotter. :-)

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Congratulations Bernadette.

RiekoS 9 years ago

Congratulations! It is a great honor to be chosen by the National Geographic spotting of the week!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 9 years ago

Congratulations Bernadette. Great SOTW!

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 9 years ago

Thank you all very much! It is quite an honor. :-)

Congratulation on SotW !

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

Congratulations on the SoTD, Bernadette.

Congratulations, Bernadette! What a great honor and series!

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 9 years ago

Congratulations on your SOTW Bernadette, fabulous series :-)

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

Very nice congrats :)

NuwanChathuranga 9 years ago


Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 9 years ago

Great series, Bernadette! Congratulations on your SOTW!

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 9 years ago

Thank you, Jemma and injica! :-)

injica 9 years ago

Congrats, I am so happy for you, it's well deserved! ;)

Bernadette S
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Bernadette S

عصلة, جنوب سيناء, Egypt

Spotted on May 31, 2013
Submitted on May 31, 2013

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