When a young praying mantis leaps into the air, it can reach its target in literally a blink of an eye (less than a tenth of a second). Speed aside, the mechanics of a praying mantis jump is what makes it special: three different body parts rotate in different directions and different combinations in an incredibly…
Everybody knows that the female praying mantis will sometimes eat her partner after he's mated with her. But new research suggests that some female mantids on the verge of starvation will actually fake fertility in order to lure mates to snack on.
Scientists at Newcastle University are outfitting praying mantises with the world's smallest 3D glasses, to understand better how these notoriously dextrous predators perceive depth.
A woman and a giant praying mantis walk into a bar...and then what? A bug and a beauty patronize the same watering hole in this week's Concept Art Writing Prompt. Will you write about cross-species strangers sharing wisdom over a stiff drink? A first date the parents won't be thrilled about? A pre-Halloween tale of…
All it takes is a display of repetitive stupidity to make an animal endearing. See: Dogs chasing laser pointers; cats swatting at bugs through glass; and this here praying mantis, misunderstanding the modern cursor metaphor. Stupid mantis! (I love you.)
I love Daleks and Cybermen because they're illogically terrifying: The clumsier the tech, the scarier they get. Nemo Gould's found-material sculptures unlock the same secret brain code, being cartoony and scary at the same time.