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Mantids: Armed and Dangerous (53) More files... by Mark Moffett
Most of the roughly 1,800 species of mantids - often called praying mantises - spend their time sitting and waiting, seemingly at prayer. In fact, they are among the insect world's craftiest hunters. Mark Moffett brings us a collection of clever mantids using camouflage, speed and ambush to capture their prey.
African Praying Mantis (Sphodromantis lineola) female, Africa
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00750977 African Praying Mantis (Sphodromantis lineola) female, Africa© Mark Moffett
Dead-leaf Mantid (Deroplatys lobata) in defense posture, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00750992 Dead-leaf Mantid (Deroplatys lobata) in defense posture, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Ecuadorian Mantid (Pseudocanthops sp) matches the color of the lichen from which it hangs  -  Mark Moffett
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00750979 Ecuadorian Mantid (Pseudocanthops sp) matches the color of the lichen from which it hangs© Mark Moffett
Ecuadorian Mantid (Pseudocanthops sp) matches the color of the lichen from which it hangs  -  Mark Moffett
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00750978 Ecuadorian Mantid (Pseudocanthops sp) matches the color of the lichen from which it hangs© Mark Moffett
Flower Mantis (Creobroter sp) juvenile camouflaged on flower stamens, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Southeast Asia  -  Mark Moffett
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00750938 Flower Mantis (Creobroter sp) juvenile camouflaged on flower stamens, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Southeast Asia© Mark Moffett
Flower Mantis (Creobroter sp) and a Crab Spider (Thomisidae) awaiting prey on flower, Myanmar (formerly Burma)  -  Mark Moffett
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00750985 Flower Mantis (Creobroter sp) and a Crab Spider (Thomisidae) awaiting prey on flower, Myanmar (formerly Burma)© Mark Moffett
Flower Mantis (Creobroter sp) and a Crab Spider (Thomisidae) awaiting prey on flower, Myanmar  -  Mark Moffett
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00750986 Flower Mantis (Creobroter sp) and a Crab Spider (Thomisidae) awaiting prey on flower, Myanmar© Mark Moffett
Flower Mantis (Creobroter sp) nymph blending in with plant stamens, Myanmar  -  Mark Moffett
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00750980 Flower Mantis (Creobroter sp) nymph blending in with plant stamens, Myanmar© Mark Moffett
Praying Mantis (Mantis sp) camouflaged on bark, Amazon Basin, South America  -  Mark Moffett
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00122428 Praying Mantis (Mantis sp) camouflaged on bark, Amazon Basin, South America© Mark Moffett
Brown Leaf Mantis (Deroplatys truncata) camouflaged against leaf litter, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00750934 Brown Leaf Mantis (Deroplatys truncata) camouflaged against leaf litter, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Mantis camouflaged as a stick, Gabon  -  Mark Moffett
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00522428 Mantis camouflaged as a stick, Gabon© Mark Moffett
Dead-leaf Mantid (Deroplatys lobata) camouflaged on forest floor, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00750994 Dead-leaf Mantid (Deroplatys lobata) camouflaged on forest floor, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Dead-leaf Mantid (Deroplatys lobata) courting male and female camouflaged on forest floor, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00750995 Dead-leaf Mantid (Deroplatys lobata) courting male and female camouflaged on forest floor, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Mantid (Mantidae) an extremly rare species, Kerman, Iran  -  Mark Moffett
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00750989 Mantid (Mantidae) an extremly rare species, Kerman, Iran© Mark Moffett
Dead-leaf Mantid (Deroplatys lobata) showing leaf pattern, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00750993 Dead-leaf Mantid (Deroplatys lobata) showing leaf pattern, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Mantid (Liturgusa sp) juvenile scurrying across the rainforest floor, Surinam  -  Mark Moffett
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00750935 Mantid (Liturgusa sp) juvenile scurrying across the rainforest floor, Surinam© Mark Moffett
Mantid (Plistospilota sp) eating a lizard, Gabon  -  Mark Moffett
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00750939 Mantid (Plistospilota sp) eating a lizard, Gabon© Mark Moffett
Mantis eating a gecko, Gabon  -  Mark Moffett
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00522431 Mantis eating a gecko, Gabon© Mark Moffett
Mantid eating a moth, Gabon  -  Mark Moffett
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00751000 Mantid eating a moth, Gabon© Mark Moffett
Mantis eating a shrew, Myanmar  -  Mark Moffett
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00522432 Mantis eating a shrew, Myanmar© Mark Moffett
Mantid (Miomantis sp) being eaten by a lizard, Gabon  -  Mark Moffett
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00750940 Mantid (Miomantis sp) being eaten by a lizard, Gabon© Mark Moffett
Mantid (Miomantis sp) being eaten by a lizard, Gabon  -  Mark Moffett
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00750983 Mantid (Miomantis sp) being eaten by a lizard, Gabon© Mark Moffett
Mantis, Surinam  -  Mark Moffett
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00522423 Mantis, Surinam© Mark Moffett
Mantid camouflaged as a leaf, Caracas, Venezuela  -  Mark Moffett
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00522426 Mantid camouflaged as a leaf, Caracas, Venezuela© Mark Moffett
Mantis  -  Mark Moffett
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00522427 Mantis© Mark Moffett
Arizona Mantis (Stagmomantis limbata) on Creosote bush, Tucson, Arizona  -  Mark Moffett
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00106296 Arizona Mantis (Stagmomantis limbata) on Creosote bush, Tucson, Arizona© Mark Moffett
Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) juvenile tiptoes through rainforest seaching for ambush spot, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Thailand  -  Mark Moffett
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00750937 Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) juvenile tiptoes through rainforest seaching for ambush spot, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Thailand© Mark Moffett
Rainforest Mantid waving arms, Surinam  -  Mark Moffett
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00751002 Rainforest Mantid waving arms, Surinam© Mark Moffett
Grass-mimicking mantid with wings open, Ivory Coast  -  Mark Moffett
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00522429 Grass-mimicking mantid with wings open, Ivory Coast© Mark Moffett
Flower-imitating mantis, Iran  -  Mark Moffett
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00522433 Flower-imitating mantis, Iran© Mark Moffett
Flower-imitating mantis pair, Iran  -  Mark Moffett
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00522434 Flower-imitating mantis pair, Iran© Mark Moffett
Mantid (Pseudocreobotra sp) with false eyespot, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00522436 Mantid (Pseudocreobotra sp) with false eyespot, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Flower Mantis (Creobroter sp) nymph on plant, Myanmar  -  Mark Moffett
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00750981 Flower Mantis (Creobroter sp) nymph on plant, Myanmar© Mark Moffett
Arizona Mantis (Stagmomantis limbata) on a creosote plant in Sonoran Desert near Tuscon, Arizona  -  Mark Moffett
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00750982 Arizona Mantis (Stagmomantis limbata) on a creosote plant in Sonoran Desert near Tuscon, Arizona© Mark Moffett
Mantid (Mantidae) mimicking branch, Peru  -  Mark Moffett
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00750990 Mantid (Mantidae) mimicking branch, Peru© Mark Moffett
Dead-leaf Mantid (Deroplatys sp) in twig, Peru  -  Mark Moffett
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00750991 Dead-leaf Mantid (Deroplatys sp) in twig, Peru© Mark Moffett
Wandering Violin Mantid (Gongylus gongylodes) hanging, south India  -  Mark Moffett
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00750996 Wandering Violin Mantid (Gongylus gongylodes) hanging, south India© Mark Moffett
Mantid (Mantidae), Cameroon  -  Mark Moffett
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00750997 Mantid (Mantidae), Cameroon© Mark Moffett
Mantid with wings out sitting on mushrooms, Surinam  -  Mark Moffett
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00750998 Mantid with wings out sitting on mushrooms, Surinam© Mark Moffett
Mantid (Mantidae) side view showing red patches on forelegs, Myanmar (formerly Burma)  -  Mark Moffett
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00750999 Mantid (Mantidae) side view showing red patches on forelegs, Myanmar (formerly Burma)© Mark Moffett
Orchid Mantid pair, Iran  -  Mark Moffett
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00751007 Orchid Mantid pair, Iran© Mark Moffett
Orchid Mantid pair courting, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00751003 Orchid Mantid pair courting, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Orchid Mantid on plant, Myanmar (formerly Burma)  -  Mark Moffett
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00751004 Orchid Mantid on plant, Myanmar (formerly Burma)© Mark Moffett
Orchid Mantid, close up, Gabon  -  Mark Moffett
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00751005 Orchid Mantid, close up, Gabon© Mark Moffett
Orchid Mantid, portrait, Iran  -  Mark Moffett
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00751006 Orchid Mantid, portrait, Iran© Mark Moffett
Ant mimic mantid, close up, Ivory Coast, Africa  -  Mark Moffett
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00751012 Ant mimic mantid, close up, Ivory Coast, Africa© Mark Moffett
Ant mimic mantid (Hymenopodidae) nymph, New Mexico  -  Mark Moffett
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00751011 Ant mimic mantid (Hymenopodidae) nymph, New Mexico© Mark Moffett
Chinese Mantis (Tenodera aridifolia) nymph emerging from eggmass, North America  -  Mark Moffett
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00751008 Chinese Mantis (Tenodera aridifolia) nymph emerging from eggmass, North America© Mark Moffett
Female mantis guarding her egg case, Ivory Coast  -  Mark Moffett
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00522430 Female mantis guarding her egg case, Ivory Coast© Mark Moffett
Chinese Mantis (Tenodera aridifolia) nymphs emerging from eggmass, North America  -  Mark Moffett
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00751009 Chinese Mantis (Tenodera aridifolia) nymphs emerging from eggmass, North America© Mark Moffett
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