Bow to the queen
This mantid afforded me a perfect opportunity to examine it in detail and take ventral images....it was in repose, leaning back in an almost horizontal position. It was not in the classically defensive position at that moment.
And what breathtaking raptorial forelegs. Surely one of nature's most impressive insect predators.
''Archimantis latistyla'', commonly known as the large brown mantis is a species of mantid native to Australia.