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Preying mantis in Bulgaria

Preying Mantis or Praying Mantis?

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Pregnant preying mantis

Praying Mantis appears more times in Google searches than praying mantis. Thing is, the mantis both preys and prays! Close up photos of the Bulgarian Praying Mantis. These close up photos taken of the Bulgarian praying mantis, although oftentimes known as they preying mantis, it makes no odds, this mantis has huge teeth and gripping claws to kill its prey and stalks elegantly. This lovely praying mantis was chilling out in my Basil bush as I poured water over the bush, it rushed out before it got completely soaked.

I took many photos and here’s two pages of some of them. I have reduced the quality of the photos to allow them to load fast for you. Enjoy this beautiful Praying Mantis of Bulgaria bite back! I will soon be posting some new photos of these fantastic creatures of Bulgaria! I was admiring the Mantis, then I enlarged the photos! You can clearly see the devastating teeth of the mantis and the huge eye sockets here! I think I saw the film! …Alien! The Praying mantis can swivel its head around to view its prey or to check you out Picture you can see its prey. This fly stood his leaf and for quite a while there was a stand off as the fly and the mantis sussed each other out. You can clearly see the mantis’s head rotating to follow the fly’s movements as the mantis gracefully moved in for the kill! The Fly gazes down at the Praying Mantis below! Alas the graceful mantis was too slow and the prey got away, we received an accusing look! The Mantis flytrap! The fly tries to hide in and out
of the leaves all the time the mantis follows its prey The Mantis gazes up at the fly above! the graceful head movements of the mantis who is able to rotate his head around to view his prey the formidable teeth and… the huge bulging eyes of the Bulgarian Praying Mantis
the Mantis showed us just how agile he is, twisting and turning his head and body to check out his prey and get a drink of water the mantis has formidable pincers that can give you a nasty pinch if you try to hold this creature! It may be harmless to humans, but flys beware!
The Bulgarian praying mantis gazes bashfully for the camera The Mantis gazes up at the fly above! The fly tries to hide in and out of the leaves all the time the mantis follows its prey the Mantis showed us just how agile he is, twisting and turning his head and body to check out his prey and get a drink of water the formidable teeth and… the huge bulging eyes of the Bulgarian Mantis The praying mantis is often known as the preying mantis! Its close as to which it should be called, it does pray and it does for sure prey! Picture photos above you can clearly see its prey. This fly stood his leaf and for quite a while there was a stand off as the fly and the mantis sussed each other out. You can clearly see the mantis’s head rotating to follow the fly’s movements as the mantis gracefully moved in for the kill! the praying mantis has formidable pincers that can give you a nasty pinch if you are a fly! It may be harmless to humans, but flys beware! WILDLIFE in Bulgaria is full creepy crawlies, this one is straight off an alien film! Preying in my basil bush and giving us guilty looks and showing its vicious teeth and formidable pincers! This truly is one of Bulgaria’s best creatures! But does the praying mantis bite humans? These close up photos show a mean set of teeth on the mantis, but its head is so small that the teeth are not large enough neither can the mouth open wide enough to bite a human, although they can give a nasty pinch, but hey, why would anyone wish to taunt a praying mantis into giving them a pinch! Look but don’t touch!

4 Comments

  1. These beautiful mantid do not bite humans, they much prefer a bug or two, a couple of flies than the bite of human flesh!

    • i agree they are so elegant yet the close ups show huge buck teeth! i would love to get a photo with prey in its mouth!

      • You will, if you have them around. It’s only a matter of time ;)

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