20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Empusa Fasciata

There are thousands of species of praying mantis, but this one, Empusa fasciata, looks the most like aliens to me. Praying mantises are famous for their fights. They hide in nature and are hardly noticed by their extraordinary enemies.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 04.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Kahramanmaras, Türkiye
Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Copyright: © Mehmet Karaca