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Violin Mantid (Gongylus gongylodes)

Violin Mantid (Gongylus gongylodes)
Somewhere in the deep woods lives a creature. This creature is a master of stealth. It will, in the dusk of the overhanging leaves, slowly and carefully stalk its prey. It has lightning-fast reflexes, a strong, piercing, mouth and can hunt by climbing unpside down so it is not noticed by its prey. If you are ever in the jungles of India, be aware. If you’re quick witted, keep your eyes on your surroundings and are extremely lucky, you just might get out alive … after having seen the violin mantid catch and eat a fly.