Praying Mantises - The Kung Fu Killers of the Insect Kingdom

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  • Published: 19 November 2018
  • They are killers. They kill with unbelievable precision. They fight Kung Fu style and are seen in Japan as a symbol of vigilance - the mantises. Their triangular head with its unique flexibility is conspicuous. Two overdimensioned eyes fixate the distance to their prey rapidly and three-dimensionally. The chest segment of the mantis is prolonged and equipped with spiny appendages that can spear their prey as fast as a jack knife. The mysterious aura that surrounds the praying mantis has a lot to do with the fact that they are rarely seen. They have adapted to their surroundings perfectly. No matter whether leaves, blossoms, tree bark, sandy floors or even orchids - the mantis adjusts to all environments.

    We observe mantises with our cameras whilst they are hunting, when they shed their skin and whilst breeding and eventually the females practicing their cannibalism. We were also on hand when the female produces a nest of foam on which to lay her eggs; all filmed with time lapse and real-time cameras. A film, that comprehensively documents the secret life of the mantises for the very first time and provides us with unique footage thanks to state of the art equipment.

Comments • 3 606

  • Serrot Einreb
    Serrot Einreb  4 hours back

    26:06 these are leaf weaver ants. not fire ants

    • Anarchists For Christ
      Anarchists For Christ  12 hours back

      When I moved to Mexico, insects 🐞 freaked me out. I always thought the mantis was chill. Now I know he’s a terrorist too. 🙄 🤷‍♂️

      • Rey Gomez
        Rey Gomez  14 hours back

        3:00 grasshopper chick was like sorry hun eddy down the valley nutted all up inside me maybe next time!!! If only we mated this way!!!

        • Lizard blood Yee yee
          Lizard blood Yee yee  1 days back

          I find these things cool😊

          • Kyle
            Kyle  2 days back

            17:20 '' for several days .. even as much as a week '' ?

            • Rigz Movie Diaries
              Rigz Movie Diaries  2 days back

              0:16 this hurt to watch

              • Diana Alvarado
                Diana Alvarado  2 days back

                I cant

                • Noob For life
                  Noob For life  2 days back

                  Wow She is literally eating your butt fly 20:35

                  • ☘ちゃーじゃー
                    ☘ちゃーじゃー  2 days back

                    た、す、け、て、あ、げ、な、い、の、ひひどいよ

                    • ☘ちゃーじゃー
                      ☘ちゃーじゃー  2 days back

                      なんで

                      • ☘ちゃーじゃー
                        ☘ちゃーじゃー  2 days back

                        なんで?

                        • Carlo Barbosa
                          Carlo Barbosa  3 days back

                          I don't get why they always have to show them mate, just watch that on your alone time sick fucks

                          • Abufaza3_Gam3r
                            Abufaza3_Gam3r  3 days back

                            I just saw a manties and it happily met the bottom of my shoes lol

                            • GrindHard TV
                              GrindHard TV  4 days back

                              I seen one standing on the hood of my car. I bitch slapped it off my car and stomped it.

                              • Misskallykay
                                Misskallykay  4 days back

                                How did I get here.....?....?? I went from watching Chinese dramas to killer mantises ?

                                • Paulsicles
                                  Paulsicles  4 days back

                                  28:35 - wen yo girl bite on yo lip.

                                  • Ninja Gecko
                                    Ninja Gecko  4 days back

                                    YOU ALL SUCK! YOU WERE HOLDING THE FRICKING LIZARD DOWN. I HOPE YOU ALL DIE AND GO TO HELL

                                    • GerYou
                                      GerYou  4 days back

                                      @ 26'05" ... : Dies sind keine "fire ants" (Solenopsis), sondern Oecophylla !

                                      • Krypto Analyst
                                        Krypto Analyst  4 days back

                                        Weak ass Lizard

                                        • ALL mensLANd
                                          ALL mensLANd  4 days back

                                          I love how this documentary’s called “Praying Mantises” but we have random sections about other animals. Like, I came here for green Kung fu boys, not big cats and small birds and shit

                                          • Jay
                                            Jay  5 days back

                                            Gross animal and insect porno

                                            • Purita Purificacion
                                              Purita Purificacion  5 days back

                                              It starts at 28:10. You're welcome.

                                              • パンナコッタなんてこった

                                                バッタがカマキリ食べるんか…どうやって倒したんや…

                                                • Hudson Powell
                                                  Hudson Powell  5 days back

                                                  5:16 he likes the cum

                                                  • Jerrod Myles
                                                    Jerrod Myles  5 days back

                                                    Great video! thank you! also... 5K dislikes? even if I hated this I would just move on. I just cant believe so many people who clearly see what the video is about took the time to click dislike.

                                                    • Earl of Sandwich
                                                      Earl of Sandwich  5 days back

                                                      4min in, and I'm frustrated at how boring you managed to make something so cool. Are you deliberately trying to suck? And what was with the grasshopper fucking? It had nothing to do with anything.

                                                      • Xiao Online
                                                        Xiao Online  5 days back

                                                        To the person who held the lizard down and glued its mouth shut, I cant wait til you burn in hell. And to the people who say that hand was a leaf, it wiggles as it holds the lizard. Leaves dont WIGGLE, they SWAY.

                                                        • Shadow
                                                          Shadow  5 days back

                                                          The lizard is retarded

                                                          • Bruno Bahia
                                                            Bruno Bahia  5 days back

                                                            17:09 it looks like a tongue kiss lol

                                                            • Bruno Bahia
                                                              Bruno Bahia  5 days back

                                                              11:30 I have never saw Mantis babies before. They look very cute

                                                              • john boss
                                                                john boss  4 days back

                                                                Interesting yes cute no lol

                                                            • Nathan Noneya
                                                              Nathan Noneya  5 days back

                                                              Like Nature has a brain to design anything I think you mean God buddy you just don’t want to say or you don’t get paid to say it either way God is awesome the praying mantis is A amazing creation .

                                                              • Axel Alex
                                                                Axel Alex  5 days back

                                                                Hours!!!...Praying dude is a stud!!

                                                                • Ruby Rose
                                                                  Ruby Rose  5 days back

                                                                  Sis: Kinda cute
                                                                  Me: wtf 🤨🤨🤨🤨🙄🙄🙄😦😦


                                                                  Edit: Is this ASMR?? 🤔🤔😳😳

                                                                • i hate potat05
                                                                  i hate potat05  6 days back

                                                                  I was here to watch a documentary on mantises. Not bee eater birds. Not doormice. Not lions. SO WHY ARE THEY THERE

                                                                  • One love
                                                                    One love  6 days back

                                                                    Yo!!!!!!!!!! It f*** that lizard up.28:08

                                                                    • Filthy Finesse
                                                                      Filthy Finesse  6 days back

                                                                      Mantis took a mean L took that green grass hopper. Smh

                                                                      • Nightlightz 24884
                                                                        Nightlightz 24884  6 days back

                                                                        Flies really do have a shitty life

                                                                        • mobile gamer
                                                                          mobile gamer  6 days back

                                                                          Oh shit a mantis

                                                                          • lemon diesel
                                                                            lemon diesel  7 days back

                                                                            Mantis got owned by a grasshopper lmao

                                                                            • REEKone 520
                                                                              REEKone 520  1 weeks back

                                                                              Dr.Toboggan, MANTHIS Toboggan

                                                                              • Hamza Tahir
                                                                                Hamza Tahir  1 weeks back

                                                                                Who else is suppose to be doing homework?

                                                                                • Imu Abd
                                                                                  Imu Abd  1 weeks back

                                                                                  Imagine Mr. #DavidAttenborough doing a Voice Over on this Documentary!! 😗.

                                                                                  • Ankush Dhiman
                                                                                    Ankush Dhiman  1 weeks back

                                                                                    thanks god these insects are small in size 😰😰😰

                                                                                    • Gerjan Duijn
                                                                                      Gerjan Duijn  1 weeks back

                                                                                      i want to see mantis vs lion. plz

                                                                                      • ComeAtMeBro
                                                                                        ComeAtMeBro  1 weeks back

                                                                                        Chubby bunnies

                                                                                        • Alex Montoya
                                                                                          Alex Montoya  1 weeks back

                                                                                          Thumbs down for setting up tht lizard

                                                                                          • Lost KingXxx
                                                                                            Lost KingXxx  1 weeks back

                                                                                            This Is Why He Was One Of The Furious Five 🧐

                                                                                            • Kakarot z
                                                                                              Kakarot z  1 weeks back

                                                                                              so sad growth whitout a mother