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archiemcphee:

One of our favourite awesome creatures is the Praying Mantis, which comes from the Mantodea order of insects that contains a whopping 2,200 different species. Here you can see two of them:

First is the Spiny Flower Mantis (Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii) photographed by Cathy Keifer:

Native to Kenya, this lovely mantis has spines – which look especially plant-like – on its lower abdomen, hence its name. The spiny mantis is one of those species that has a unique, eye-like pattern on its wings, and it is also a fairly small, reaching less than 4 cm in length.

Second is the Devil’s Flower Mantis (Blepharopsis mendica) photographed by Thor Hakonsen

Found in North Africa and the Canary Islands, the devil’s flower mantis is also known as the Egyptian flower mantis, or the thistle or Arab mantis. Like its larger cousin, the giant devil’s flower mantis, this little critter has horn-like antennae that one would guess have at least something to do with the origins of its moniker.

Check out more amazing Praying Mantis photographs at Environmental Graffiti.

[via Neatorama]

sixwordsorless:

bewitchingbritain:

prettylittleflower:Summer Harvest (by Nigel Morton)
bewitchingbritain: Eynsford (pronounced Ainsford) is a village in the county of Kent, southern England. The Anglo-Welsh composer Philip Arnold Heseltine (1894-1930), also known as Peter Warlock, spent many productive years in Eynsford, although the villagers were not impressed with his habit of riding about town naked on his motorcycle,

I just shouted PURDY PURDY PURDY at everyone in the room.

sixwordsorless:

bewitchingbritain:

prettylittleflower:Summer Harvest (by Nigel Morton)

bewitchingbritain: Eynsford (pronounced Ainsford) is a village in the county of Kent, southern England. The Anglo-Welsh composer Philip Arnold Heseltine (1894-1930), also known as Peter Warlock, spent many productive years in Eynsford, although the villagers were not impressed with his habit of riding about town naked on his motorcycle,

I just shouted PURDY PURDY PURDY at everyone in the room.

(via travelthisworld)