Mantis Snuff Flick

Yesterday I posted some photos of a praying mantis catching flies.  I have now uploaded a short video of the creature in action.

To express the whole thing in baseball metaphors, you can see the windup, where it leans back on its hind legs; the pitch, where it gets slowly closer to the prey and eventually pounces; and finally the strikeout, where it catches the fly, and eats it (discretely, behind a leaf, so we don’t have to see anything distasteful).

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