Praying Mantis- I stopped by my uncle’s new house under construction to see how things were going. He found this guy wandering around the backyard. I haven’t seen one in years. They are a pretty cool bug to find when you can!
The praying mantis, with its forelegs folded as if in prayer, may look pious, but its mating ritual is truly a macabre affair: Once the smaller male is attached to the female’s body, she decapitates him, but he continues the act of conjugation for several more days before he dies and is eaten by his voracious mate.
Giant Devil’s Flower Mantis… who’s a grumpy girl? 😛
7th instar female (Pre-subadult)
via YouTube Capture