Dancing praying mantises

Dancing praying mantises

Pray that funky music! Detailed pictures of praying mantises appear to show them striking a pose and dancing.

These extraordinary pictures show praying mantises giving contestants on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing a run for their money as they demonstrate the twist, the charleston and the tango.

The boogying arthropods looked as if they were waving their hands in the air, clapping and smiling.

The insects are actually opening their wings and spreading their legs as a way of intimidating potential rivals or predators.

Photographer Hasan Baglar, 40, started photographing dancing mantises after he accidentally scared one and was amazed at the posture it adopted.

Mr Baglar, of Limasol in Cyprus, said: “I saw a praying mantis and I wanted to touch it – when I reached out it opened its wings, put up its arms and followed me.

“It is very hard to find them – I don’t think they love me. When they see my camera flash or when I touch them they always start dancing.

“It is normal behavior which makes them look like smiling dancers.”

A mantis is typically called a praying mantis due to their prayer-like pose.

Strictly Come Dancing is on BBC One on Saturday at 6.20pm.

More high resolution pictures are available on request. To discuss rates for using pictures and copy, contact news editor Tom Knight on 07815 004413 or tom@medavia.co.uk.

 

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