Praying mantises are definitely rulers of the insect world. Using their deadly forelegs, which they keep clasped together as if perpetually in prayer, they can unleash destruction on any unwitting arthropod that stands in their way.
However, their destructive tendencies are not limited to other creepy crawlies. Sometimes, praying mantises go after much bigger game, such as this unfortunate gecko…
In this gruesome scene, the praying mantis shows no mercy as it devours the traumatized gecko alive. This just goes to show you that having bones, an endoskeleton, and a diet of insects doesn’t make you immune to attacks from invertebrates.
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Yet, while this might be one of the most metal events in the animal kingdom, it’s certainly not the only time a praying mantis has taken down large and unusual prey. Some praying mantises have been documented taking down hummingbirds. Others have taken down other mantises, and that’s without mentioning the well-known fact that female mantises often eat male mantises before/during/after sex!