We went back to Sodalis Nature Park again yesterday and came across the largest preying mantis I have ever seen. We estimated it between 5 and 6 inches in body length. Needless to say, we got some full-frame looks at this savage creature. In the first two images below the mantis cleans its talons presumably from a previous kill. The third image is rotated to show the details of this mantis’ body. Later on we watched it devour a bumblebee – that was spooky!
(Click on any image to open the gallery and get an even closer look!)