Praying Mantis eating a butterfly

on 21st February 2017

“It was with great luck that I spotted the Praying Mantis catching a butterfly – a Paris Peacock (Papilio paris paris). The mantis consumed the butterfly right in front of me. It was the 8th November 2016 and I was then in Nagaland, India.”

The Paris Peacock is a swallowtail butterfly found in the Indian subcontinent as well as Southeast Asia (below).

Papilla paris nakaharai (Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons)
Papilla paris nakaharai (Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons)

The Praying Mantis is found mainly in the tropics (below). It has a large triangular head and a pair of bulbous eyes. Its forelegs are spiked and modified for grasping preys. It stays motionless until an insect passes by whereupon it grasps it with its spiked forelegs and eats it live.

Praying Mantis (Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons
Praying Mantis (Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons)

KC Tsang
8th February 2017

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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