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Богомол (Praying Mantis)

Богомол (Praying Mantis), Auckland, New Zealand

«They do not bite humans, damage household furnishings, nor spread disease. However, when handled, their spiny-like forelegs can be readily felt as a "sharp pinch".
The common name comes from the manner in which they hold up the forepart of the body, with its enormous front legs, as though in an attitude of prayer. They might also be called "preying mantes" for they are carnivorous, eating other insects. The body is elongate with the front legs modified into prominent grasping organs that catch and hold prey. The wings are well developed, but mantids commonly remain quiet in one place until another insect comes into reach. However, they sometimes cautiously stalk their prey.»

Превратности английского языка, одинаково звучащие слова:
pray - молиться; prey - терзать, мучить, добыча.
Богомол сочетает в себе и то и другое. Правда кровожадный он только до других насекомых, а для людей совсем безобидный.

Отснято: 26.06.2002
Опубликованно: 26.06.2002
Место действия: Auckland, New Zealand

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