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

(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 Phys.org. 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.)

This is a stock image of more ordinary praying mantis, not the new species found in Rwanda.   (Shutterstuck)
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