Several species of Mantids mimic their surroundings. Mantids in North Africa look like stones. In Central and South America, They resemble dead or green leaves. The photo is of Ecuadorian Moss Mantid, which blends into the surrounding plants. You need to look hard to see which is the Mantid, and which are the plants.
Mantids do not actively hunt down their prey. Mantid waits unmoving, and virtually invisible on a leaf, ready to seize any approaching Insect. When the prey comes into range, Mantid thrusts Its forelegs forward grabbing the Insect to bite off the head.
Praying Mantis’ way of hunting impressed Wong Long, the founder of the Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu. He studied how the Mantis moved in and out, using Its forearms in fighting. Master Wong Long also observed how the Mantis used Its skills as a predator to escape harm.
Study Mantis to see how calmness can serve you in your life.
Important Mantis’ Teaching: Power of Stillness
"The praying mantis epitomizes the power of stillness. Through learning to use stillness, we can enhance our creativity." Copyright: "The Animal-Wise Tarot," Ted Andrews.
Mantis’ Advice Includes:
"If you are restless, you want to be up and doing. Take some time for stillness." Copyright: "Australian Animal Tarot," Ann Fitzgerald-Willams
Stick Insects (Walking Stick, Stick Bug) or Phasmids are cousins to Mantids.
Mantis Photo copyrighted by Dexter Sear, IO Vision.