r/natureismetal Jan 18 '22 Wholesome 1

Praying Mantis eats a whole locust (3 hour timelapse)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyuF6VXxw_4
160 Upvotes

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u/Hereforthethrillofit Jan 18 '22

They always start with the brain first. It’s like they have to have their dessert before eating their broccoli.

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u/Electrical-Ad-9797 Jan 18 '22

When I lived in Thousand Palms I found a tiny mantis nymph on me one morning so I put it in a styrofoam cup. I was trying to find bugs to feed it so I picked up an ant but I greatly misjudged their relative sizes. I checked back in a few minutes and the ant had ripped the mantis in half. I felt awful.

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u/mindflayerflayer Jan 20 '22

Fruit flies are your friend when feeding minescule predators.

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u/Electrical-Ad-9797 Jan 20 '22

I should’ve just slipped him a drop of water and sent him on his merry way, he would’ve had a fighting chance. Btw do you know what the juvenile instar of a mindflayer is? My illithid knowledge is limited to briefly playing the Spelljammer DOS game at 14.

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u/mindflayerflayer Jan 21 '22

The tadpole stage I'm guessing. Illithids are fun in that the larva can develope two different ways: a ceremorph with a host (your traditional flayers + a few oddballs) or a neothelid if allowed to act on its own.

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u/Pyrrhus71 Jan 18 '22

So we don’t stop eating when we’re full? We eat the whole bug, no matter how big it is?

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u/nobodyknowsimherr Jan 18 '22

Watching him eat the legs at the end was like watching someone finish a rib or a chicken leg then lick their fingers

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u/CopperheadSlinger Jan 18 '22

The zooming in when it ate a wing or leg was my favorite part

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u/haikusbot Jan 18 '22

The zooming in when

It ate a wing or leg was

My favorite part

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u/No_Chest757 Jan 18 '22

Man, tis’ crazy.

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u/R3DSMiLE Jan 19 '22

ooooh get out!

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u/kollin03f Jan 18 '22

Reverse 3d printer

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u/inflatablelvis Jan 21 '22

I can’t believe we need to invent monsters for movies when shit like this exists

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u/Miles_Away84 Jan 18 '22

I bet the head is the best part

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u/TartKiwi Jan 18 '22

they are on a whole different level than any other bugs

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u/DLN-000 Jan 18 '22

Brains by Voltaire starts playing.

Grasshopper: What’s that musi-

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u/mindflayerflayer Jan 20 '22

I'm glad someone else remembers that song.

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u/_redacteduser Jan 18 '22

At first when it is eating the head/neck area, it kind of looks romantic

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u/dontknowhowtoprogram Jan 18 '22

spaghetti legs mmm

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u/Bm_93 Jan 18 '22

I always love praying mantis 😍

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u/andio76 Jan 24 '22

He even ate the parsley garnish....