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Facing off 2 nymphs of Praying Mantis facing off with each other.<br />
Saw a lot of them, all nymphs in a small garden kept by the rangers of Maddela Falls. Fall,Geotagged,Maddela,Mantis,Philippines,Praying Mantis Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Facing off

2 nymphs of Praying Mantis facing off with each other.
Saw a lot of them, all nymphs in a small garden kept by the rangers of Maddela Falls.

    comments (6)

  1. Never saw this behavior before, interesting! Posted 6 days ago
    1. There were so many of them, Ferdy that its possible to see 2 together in the same branch.

      Recently saw a post at Entomoloy of a sighting of maternal care by Praying Mantis in Borneo, Malaysia. That's quite amazing considering most Praying Mantis are cannibals. According to the post, even the adult male was nearby, wondering if the male is targeting the babies as food or also helping with parental care.

      Check out the post here :

      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154679277066441&set=a.10150362640826441.345418.618276440&type=3&theater
      Posted 5 days ago
      1. Wow, took me a while to notice they are on the back. Posted 5 days ago
        1. Yes, and the Praying Mantis is probably a species new to science! Posted 5 days ago
  2. Cracking shot Albert! From what I know, you can have mantis together up to a certain instar before they go full maniac and start eating each other, although saying that, I thought this was when they were very small. Posted 5 days ago
    1. Probably there are too many of them aside from the fact there were ample supply for food (insects).
      They were in various sizes/instars, none of them were adults.

      Check the link I posted to Ferdy's comments about parental care of Praying Mantis.
      Posted 5 days ago

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Uploaded Oct 10, 2017. Captured Oct 3, 2017 10:28 in Unnamed Road, Maddela, Quirino, Philippines.
  • TG-4
  • f/5.6
  • 1/800s
  • ISO100
  • 12.6mm