Chinese Mantid (eating a katydid)

I spotted a Chinese Mantid (Tenodera sinensis sinensis) along the boardwalk that goes through the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park. I stopped to shoot some photos, shown below, before continuing my photowalk.

Chinese Mantid (Tenodera sinensis sinensis) Chinese Mantid (Tenodera sinensis sinensis)

When I walked past the same spot a while later, I noticed the mantid had moved into the vegetation beside the boardwalk and was eating a Handsome Meadow Katydid (Orchelimum pulchellum). It was a brutal scene to watch, but I was compelled to take a few pictures!

Chinese Mantid (Tenodera sinensis sinensis)

Special thanks to Kim Phillips, Small Wonders, for identifying the katydid!

Copyright © 2013 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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One Response to “Chinese Mantid (eating a katydid)”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    Nice shot of the insects, even if the praying mantis is eating my favorite insect.

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