Praying mantis – Kefalonia, Greece
The praying mantis (Mantis religiosa) is a close relative of the cockroach. I believe this is that species, also known as the European Mantis. Always an interesting insect to look at upclose…
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And here’s a link photo I took in in Panama around March, 2008 of a brown Praying Mantis on the Amaranth relative Celosia argentea (edible leaves).