Mad­dened man­tis

Animal Scene - - ANIMAL APPEAL -

Soon there­after, we saw a Ta­ga­lo­man­tis manil­len­sis rest­ing on a leaf. This was a rather large species of man­tis about four inches in to­tal length and had the habit of drop­ping on the ground when dis­turbed, much like what cur­culionid bee­tles and some stick in­sects did. Need­less to say, the photo ses­sion was re­peat­edly in­ter­rupted by catch­ing the man­tis and putting it back on its perch again and again. Other than that the man­tis was left un­harmed, al­though vis­i­bly ag­gra­vated.

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