Chinese Mantis Tug-of-War #6
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.  Another vigorous threat display from the top mantis while the bottom mantis has resumed eating the cicada.  Mantises are non-poisonous; they simply overpower their prey and eat it alive.
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