Aya (my daughter) called me into the garden to watch a praying mantis (hirabiro kamakiri) stalking an adult cicada (abura-semi) on the trunk of a tree. We watched for a while, but it didn’t seem possible that the mantis could catch such a large prey, which probably weighed as much as the mantis. After about ten minutes I gave up and went inside. Half an hour later, however, Aya called me again because the mantis had actually succeeded in catching the cicada! The cicada had put up quite a fight, but the mantis had clung on and, in a superb demonstration of brute strength and skill, she had managed to subdue the cicada by biting through its wing muscles. Very impressive!

Hierodula patelliferaHierodula patelliferaHierodula patellifera

Indo-Pacific Mantis (hirabiro kamakiri)
Class: Insecta; Order: Mantodea; Family: Mantidae;
Hierodula patellifera

Large Brown Cicada (abura-semi)
Class: Insecta; Order: Hemiptera; Family: Cicadidae ;
Graptopsaltria nigrofuscata