A praying mantis is harmless to humans, but deadly to grasshoppers. And a mantis has its own predators to watch out for.
For a lone grasshopper, this tree branch is fraught with danger.
Predators are everywhere, and one is especially formidable: the praying mantis.
He’s armed and dangerous.
Up to 6 inches long.
And a head that can turn 180 degrees.
But his chief weapon is camouflage.
The grasshopper doesn’t stand a chance.
Mantises can make short work of a long list of insects—moths, crickets, flies and even other mantises. Yes, even a mantis’s own mate is sometimes on the menu.
The big predatory bug is related to both termites and cockroaches…
Though no cockroach can blend in this well.
But the mantis isn’t the only predator lurking in the branches.
If he doesn’t watch out, a chameleon might make him its lunch.