Chinese Mantis
Tenodera sinensis, Family Mantidae

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Chinese Mantis (130R)
Jian Zhe Li Chinese Mantis Photograph
Chinese Mantis (DIN0100)
 
Now for some Natural History excitement.  These two Chinese Mantises in a blackberry patch were locked in a tug-of-war over an Annual Cicada that the lower female had caught and the upper female was trying to steal.  The standoff lasted for at least half an hour after the photographer came on the scene and ended when the female at the top of the photographs gave up and fled.  At the end, she was in danger of getting her massive front leg nipped by the rightful owner of the cicada. Of course, the cicada lost either way.
Mantis Tug-0f-War #1
Chinese Mantis Tug-of-War # 1 (DIN0029)
Mantis Tug-0f-War #2
Chinese Mantis Tug-of-War # 2 (DIN0030)
Mantis Tug-0f-War #3
Chinese Mantis Tug-of-War #3 (DIN0031)
Mantis Tug-0f-War #4
Chinese Mantis Tug-of-War # 4 (DIN0032)
Mantis Tug-0f-War #5
Chinese Mantis Tug-of-War # 5 (DIN0033)
 
  Mantis Tug-0f-War #6
Chinese Mantis Tug-of-War # 6 (DIN0034)
Jian Zhe Li Mantis Tug-0f-War #7
Chinese Mantis Tug-of-War # 7 (DIN0035)
 
 
 

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