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Praying Mantises Have a Completely Different Way of Seeing in 3D

Praying mantises see the world in three dimensions in a way that’s completely different from how vertebrates (including birds, humans, and other mammals) do, according to a new paper in Current Biology. Also, studying this required putting tiny glasses on mantises. Read More >>

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Praying Mantises are More Badass Than We Realised

Praying mantises are among the most frightening insects on the planet, equipped with powerful front legs which they use to snatch unwary insects, spiders, and even the odd amphibian or reptile. But as new research reveals, praying mantises are also proficient at capturing birds — which they do more often than we thought. Read More >>

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Why Female Praying Mantises Devour Their Partners During Sex

Female praying mantises have a habit of killing and eating their partners during sex, which sucks for the male. Or does it? A fascinating new study shows this sacrifice is actually giving the males a distinct reproductive advantage. Read More >>