You know you have it bad when you look at something and think in terms of a blog post. That’s exactly what happened here.
While enjoying watching grandkids in the pool, I came across this little 4-inch predator. I haven’t seen a mantis in the yard for years, so of course, I grabbed the camera in hopes of getting something good.
Did you know a mantis:
can turn its heads 180 degrees and its vision covers 300 degrees while looking for its prey?
has two large compound eyes plus three other simple eyes located between them? Is it any wonder it’s such a formidable hunter?
can see in color and has the same type of depth perception as a predatory mammal?
strikes faster than the human eye can see? High-speed photography has measured a mantis strike at 30 to 50 one-thousandths of a second.
is considered a good bug. But even though it’s a voracious hunter that can reduce the pests in your garden, it’s an equal-opportunity carnivore.
Given the aggressive, violent behavior of a mantis, I’m very glad I’m a lot bigger than they are!