They look like creatures from an alien planet, and in fact, praying mantises have inspired Hollywood science fiction film-makers in their designs for extra-terrestrial monsters.
It’s more than their physical shape that seems out of this world. Praying mantises, with some reaching the giant size of 20 centimeters, are grim predators able to overwhelm prey much larger than themselves.
They may not spit acid like the nightmarish monsters chasing Sigourney Weaver in the “Alien” movies, but any victim coming within range of their razor-sharp, needle-studded claws stand little chance of survival.
In unprecedented images, this spectacular film shows how mantises live, reporduce and die.