June 29, 2015
A Mantis That Inspired Martial Arts
- as seen by -George Amato
I have always found praying mantises engaging. There is something special about an insect that turns it head to look inquisitively at you. And, they are amazing predators – displaying skills that inspired styles of Asian martial arts. After I first noticed this Chinese mantis (Tendora sinensis) in a garden next to the side door of my home, I began to watch it every day as it meandered though its jungle of flowers, hunting other insects in its small ecosystem.
I’ve observed and photographed wildlife in 67 countries, but this mantis reminded how beautiful and inspiring wildlife is wherever we observe it – even when it is just outside the door.
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Nikon D600, AF-S Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens