This past week I had my first encounter with this species, but I had a few problems, all my batteries for my flash died very quickly and the wind was not my friend that day... The next day I thought: "It's very unlikely that the mantis will be on the same area but I have to give it a try!" So there I went and for my absolute surprise it was on exactly the same branch! This is my favorite shot of that day :-)
''Empusa pennata'', common names conehead mantis in English and ''mantis palo'' in Spanish, is a species of praying mantis in genus ''Empusa''. It can be found in Spain and parts of Portugal and France.