Chinese Mantis Tug-of-War #2
Tenodera sinensis aridifolia

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2004 Photograph, Two Female Chinese Mantises (Tenodera sinensis aridifolia, Family Mantidae) in a tug-of-war over an Annual Cicada, Huntley Meadows, Alexandria, Virginia, © 2014.
The mantis at top is trying to steal the cicada from the mantis at bottom.  Here the top mantis is flaring her wings and raising her abdomen in a threat display.  A close look also shows that the hapless cicada has already been partially eaten.

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