PRAYING MANTIS: AN ALIEN'S WORLD
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 stands little chance of survival.