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A terrible mistake This fly landed on the windowsill and was cleaning itself. Molly was hungry so out she came. I almost feel sorry for the fly, it didn't stand a chance! These are by far my favorite insects! Chinese flower mantis,Creobroter Nebulosa,molly,praying mantis Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

A terrible mistake

This fly landed on the windowsill and was cleaning itself. Molly was hungry so out she came. I almost feel sorry for the fly, it didn't stand a chance! These are by far my favorite insects!

    comments (4)

  1. This one really shines full screen, superb focusing Stuart!
    And we always want to know how Molly is doing :)
    Posted 5 years ago
    1. Thank you very much Ferdy! She's a wonderful little creature. Doing well at the moment, stuffing her face with flies, crickets and meal worms. Posted 5 years ago
  2. Excellent close up. It's a pity that we don't have any kind of mantis species here. In fact I've never seen one live! Posted 5 years ago
    1. Thanks Ari, I know what you mean. Luckily it's OK to import them in the UK. I can highly recommend getting one if laws allow it in your country and you want a rather interesting creature to look after. Posted 5 years ago

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Creobroter or flower mantises is a genus of mantis concentrated in Western Asia. The name comes from the Greek "kreas" (combining form "kreo-", meaning "flesh"), and "broter" (eating); therefore, "flesh-eating", an apt name for a predatory insect. Both sexes have long wings and are capable fliers. Full-grown males are about 3 to 4 cm in length, females about 4 to 5 cm.

Similar species: Mantises
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Uploaded Feb 21, 2016. Captured Feb 21, 2016 14:26.
  • Canon EOS 600D
  • f/9.0
  • 1/197s
  • ISO400
  • 60mm