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10 March 2007 @ 10:02 am
Ant or Mantis?  
The wildlife in our gardens is often overlooked for the more exciting wild wildlife. The wildlife in the cities is restricted from the small to the really small animals and they are easily mistaken for something else.

Ants are the terrors of the insect world and most avoid them at all cost. So, looking like an ant can often save an insect from predation. Not just that, the ant-like appearance can help an insect go unnoticed amongst other ants and some insects take advantage of that to eat the ants which give them protection! Here's an Ant Mantis - a species of Praying Mantis which looks like an ant and acts like one except that it could catch and eat up a passing ant.

depontideponti on March 10th, 2007 07:34 am (UTC)
Such a valid observation Yathin. Karthik keeps telling us that we need not look further than under our own feet sometimes to see some really amazing things!

I would be happy if people like you could post some more macro shots to open people's eyes to the small universe of creatures all around us.
Yathinyathin on March 10th, 2007 08:06 am (UTC)
This ant mantis was Vijay's discovery in his garden and I just happened to shoot the same one. However, looking for wildlife in the garden is tough work, but they are spectacular indeed.
depontideponti on March 10th, 2007 07:34 am (UTC)
So...this is actually an anti-ant? ;-)
Dr. Tarique Sanitariquesani on March 10th, 2007 11:06 am (UTC)
WOW! I was fooled then confused and then I read your post!!
Praveen Garlapatipraveenkumarg on March 10th, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC)
It looks exactly like an ant. A dangerous predator.