Newly Found Praying Mantis Is a 'Vicious' Hunter
At least the females, anyway
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2014 2:20 PM CDT
This is a stock image of more ordinary praying mantis, not the new species found in Rwanda.   (Shutterstuck)

(Newser) – Researchers have discovered a new species of praying mantis in a Rwandan forest with a unique trait: The females have no wings and are "vicious hunters" who scour the forest undergrowth for prey, reports LiveScience. In fact, they're so good at it that the new species name translates to "bush tiger mantis." They're like a "bug version of a big cat," observes the Verge. The guys, on the other hand, do have wings and apparently spend most of their time up high.

"The new species is amazing," says the lead researcher from Case Western. Another adds that it probably lives only in Rwanda's Nyungwe National Park, "which adds significant justification for protecting the park to ensure species like this can continue to exist," reports The scientists will be heading back in June to try to learn more about the bug's territory. (Click to read about another newly discovered animal, this one from the sea.)

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May 21, 2014 10:20 PM CDT
The Praying Mantis is quite possibly my favorite insect. The damn things are so awesome that if an creature were to be worshipped, it would be the one (though cats, seeing that they have already been that route, wouldn't be too keen about it).
May 20, 2014 9:12 PM CDT
Said the condor To the praying mantis We're gonna lose this place Just like we lost Atlantis. Brother we got to go Sooner than you know.
May 20, 2014 8:30 PM CDT
"Vicious" is an anthropomorphization, a projection of deliberate cruelty. Insects are not deliberately cruel. They are nearly perfect hunters with virtually every feature of their bodies contributing to what they do to survive.