Praying Mantis

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Perfect hunters, the praying mantis is usually also a master of camouflage, sitting dead still on a similarly colored background to pounce on an unsuspecting passing insect. This individual had climbed to the top of an aloe flower to try and catch bees that were attracted to the pollen of the aloes. Despite obviously standing out against the red background the green praying mantis was indeed successful in catching prey.