A praying mantis eating a lizard

This is the blog of Mark Wordsworm, the travelling worm. I’m a 25-year-old bookmark and can proudly boast my own Hallmark serial number, 95 HBM 80-1. You’ll probably want to read all about me and my Travelling Companion (the TC) .

Today’s travel notes

Me and the TC spotted a praying mantis eating a lizard this afternoon. The TC was appalled but fascinated. Out came the camera, of course. Being not of a ghoulish disposition, I visited the site only after the drama was over.

Warning: If you’re anything like the me and TC, you’ll find the pictures gross. A note of comfort from this worm: The lizard was definitely dead. The TC checked before she took the photos. The lizard’s head was mostly disconnected from its body. Any twitching limbs or tail are purely reflex.

Travel tip

Stay out of the way of praying mantises, even if you’re bigger than they are.

The book I’m in

Blindman’s Bluff, by Faye Kellerman. I’m tempted to say I know who dun it. This is another great book by Faye. She never disappoints this worm.

The photos

Me surveying the site of the drama, well after all parties had dispersed:

A praying mantis eating a lizard

Here’s the mantis caught in the act:

A praying mantis eating a lizard

They’re half way up a tree fern near Sydney, in New South Wales, Australia. Getting down to it:

A praying mantis eating a lizard

Here’s the video:

Meal over:

That’s all for today dudes.


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  1. Wow, what a great find Wordsworm. You were lucky the mantis was concentrating on the lizard and not you!
    Check out the full belly on Mr Mantis, just like mine!

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