Praying Mantises - The Kung Fu Killers of the Insect Kingdom

  • 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 • 4 395

  • G.H Create Studio
    G.H Create Studio  2 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา

    Everyone talking about the lizard being held or not while I'm trying to figure out how you hunt a lizard and end up having piece of your face ripped off.

    • T T
      T T  2 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา

      The lizard was being held down. That is why it was flailing and unable to run.

      • Loki Vanni
        Loki Vanni  5 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา

        MaximBady brought me here

        • Victoria O'Neill
          Victoria O'Neill  8 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา

          The European Bee Eaters are such beautiful birds.

          • Dima 44
            Dima 44  11 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา

            Imagine hunting and then being killed and eaten alive by your prey. The insect world is scary

            • chimi flipin changas
              chimi flipin changas  13 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา

              Seth Rogan's spirit animal

              • Arjun RosADale
                Arjun RosADale  14 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา

                Everyone please flag this video in honour of the lizard. 29:05

                • Arjun RosADale
                  Arjun RosADale  14 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา

                  Reported as animal abuse. 29:05

                  • vabajeck owl
                    vabajeck owl  17 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา

                    even if the lizard was held its still shocked me how matis slurpt the brain so fast...

                    • Adal Obregön
                      Adal Obregön  18 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา

                      Quien viene por el tío boser? :v

                      • Gee purrs
                        Gee purrs  20 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา

                        29:05, fucking moron holds the lizard with green gloves just to make a fucking THclips video. Greedy asshole

                        • oscarperli1999
                          oscarperli1999  21 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา

                          1:29 Exclusive images of me eating some leftover chicken at 3 AM

                          • Minaketan Yumnam
                            Minaketan Yumnam  23 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา

                            I came here after watching maxim bady

                            • Pabloobitw
                              Pabloobitw  วันที่ผ่านมา

                              Vengo de la secta boseriana, pinche Boser Wilo

                              • Logan Scatena
                                Logan Scatena  วันที่ผ่านมา

                                There holding the lizard report this dumb channel or video

                                • TsukiLight
                                  TsukiLight  วันที่ผ่านมา

                                  so~ are we here from maximbady?

                                  • Kashzique
                                    Kashzique  วันที่ผ่านมา

                                    Those are actually weaver ants not fire ants 26:17. Weaver ants are larger than fire ants reaching upto 1cm-1.2cm.

                                    • Graphik Dezigns
                                      Graphik Dezigns  วันที่ผ่านมา

                                      Why did I watch this terrifying documentary when I hate bugs and just before I go to sleep?

                                      • Loli4lyf
                                        Loli4lyf  วันที่ผ่านมา

                                        It's like When you go to KFC and a chicken stabs and deepfried your thighs

                                        • Guppies for Profit
                                          Guppies for Profit  วันที่ผ่านมา

                                          Praying Mantises is lv100

                                          • Ty Smith
                                            Ty Smith  วันที่ผ่านมา

                                            All this animal sex is extremely inappropriate. I would be outraged if I knew children were watching this. I pray to Jesus they never do.

                                            • ThirtyFour
                                              ThirtyFour  วันที่ผ่านมา

                                              More proof lizard was held @ 29:25 WHERE’S the ‘leaf’ at 🧐. Savages

                                              • Kanan Karimov
                                                Kanan Karimov  วันที่ผ่านมา


                                                • C0D3X -
                                                  C0D3X -  วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                  16:20 I thought itachis theme was starting💀🤣🤣

                                                  • RAJ
                                                    RAJ  วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                    *This is the discovery channel replica but in a deceptive cheating manner, they tied the lizard up in order to make it a prey!!! and they have definitely sedated the lizard with some sort of tranquilizing drug to keep it numb..!*

                                                    • Bill Bill
                                                      Bill Bill  วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                      you pinned the lizard down to prove your point. you are unprofessional and a disgrace .

                                                      • DT Vlogs
                                                        DT Vlogs  วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                        Please register your support channel. thank you

                                                        • DT Vlogs
                                                          DT Vlogs  วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                          Hello my friend.

                                                          • Martial Race
                                                            Martial Race  วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                            I have an idea...why not dislike the video whoever thinks it was unfair and untrue cus they held the lizard down...let's see the ratio

                                                            • tyrone loki
                                                              tyrone loki  วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                              i imagine the dislikes came from PETA

                                                              • Magneticitist
                                                                Magneticitist  วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                I like how the first encounter was a large mantis getting its ass whooped by a grasshopper. Kung Fu my ass.

                                                                • NTR NTR
                                                                  NTR NTR  วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                  Who came here after watching maxibady

                                                                  • Shizuku
                                                                    Shizuku  วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                    At first I thought it was a leaf not a glove but you can see at 29:04 to 29:06 that it's trying to move but it can't. Fake ass documentry.

                                                                    • Safdar Kh
                                                                      Safdar Kh  วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                      Maximbady brought me here😧. RIP lizard😭. You will be remembered.

                                                                      • Zach Clinton
                                                                        Zach Clinton  วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                        This isn't true nature. This is fake and disgusting holding the lizard in place. In all other situations the lizard would have eaten but instead you killed it and for what? You should be ashamed.

                                                                        • Kanadid Hassan
                                                                          Kanadid Hassan  วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                          Who ist hier from maxibady

                                                                          • Matze Busch
                                                                            Matze Busch  วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                            dont claim to do nature documentaries when you FEED A LIZARD TO A MANTIS AND PRETEND YOU JUST FILMED IT.

                                                                            • JM LH
                                                                              JM LH  วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                              Fuck you degenerate bastards for holding the lizard down. You're fucking shameful and a disgrace.

                                                                              • pravesh pk
                                                                                pravesh pk  วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                Who is here after maximbady video, zesuschrist.

                                                                                • Amit Kolay
                                                                                  Amit Kolay  วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                  Anything for the show :) holding the lizard and let it die with pain is so good for them. Wtf

                                                                                  • Allison Castro
                                                                                    Allison Castro  วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                    Please report this video, the lizards are being held down by a human hand and basically being tortured to death. So fucked up.

                                                                                    • Brenda Foster
                                                                                      Brenda Foster  วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                      Reported. Take this shit down

                                                                                      • plasmaboy1997
                                                                                        plasmaboy1997  วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                        Who's here after watching MaximBaby? 🤣

                                                                                        • Jovan Trail
                                                                                          Jovan Trail  9 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                          @RonBest lol

                                                                                          • RonBest
                                                                                            RonBest  10 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                            @City -2b2t Too bad the lizard was being fed alive to the mantis by the cameraman. The scene was staged.

                                                                                            • Deveshan Govender
                                                                                              Deveshan Govender  11 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา


                                                                                              • Bradley James
                                                                                                Bradley James  วันที่ผ่านมา


                                                                                                • Hassan CR
                                                                                                  Hassan CR  วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                  Maxim Bady fam where you at?

                                                                                                  • Ki's
                                                                                                    Ki's  2 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                    고의로 연출된 영상 같습니다

                                                                                                    • Dontez
                                                                                                      Dontez  2 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                      This video needs to be removed for animal cruelty for what they did to the lizard at 29:05

                                                                                                      • S V
                                                                                                        S V  2 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                        Yes and sexual content😂

                                                                                                        • G.H Create Studio
                                                                                                          G.H Create Studio  2 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                          Can't tell if you're serious or joking

                                                                                                          • Gian Abella
                                                                                                            Gian Abella  22 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                            *Doubts if he's seriou*

                                                                                                            • Chalk Z28
                                                                                                              Chalk Z28  2 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                              I was wondering why the lizard just didn't take off. The lizard would not be able to wiggle like that without falling unless its hind quarters were being pinned by something. He is trying wiggle free from the hands of someone. I feed spiders in their web around my house but I do not profit from it.

                                                                                                              • Da Goat
                                                                                                                Da Goat  2 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                                They'll do anything for clout smh

                                                                                                                • Psych Ftw
                                                                                                                  Psych Ftw  2 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                                  So glad they are of the size they are LOL

                                                                                                                  • DJ Maxx Saint
                                                                                                                    DJ Maxx Saint  2 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                                    Mantis got her day wrecked.

                                                                                                                    • Ababmer Vid
                                                                                                                      Ababmer Vid  2 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                                      TYPICAL DOCUMENTARY WANKERS - HOLDING LIZARDS DOWN

                                                                                                                      • Mahtab N
                                                                                                                        Mahtab N  3 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                                        I know nature can be sad to watch. But when it’s a human, purposely trying to have the animal, insect etc killed just for a video is absolutely disgusting. The human is the f%**%ked up one. These nature videos aren’t even legit nature because you didn’t give it a change to defend itself or be itself in that situation.

                                                                                                                        • Gangsta Nerd
                                                                                                                          Gangsta Nerd  3 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                                          @Mahtab N no im happy that this video exists to upset snoflakes like you. youre the loser getting all finicky.

                                                                                                                          • Mahtab N
                                                                                                                            Mahtab N  9 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                                            Gangsta Nerd Woah someone has anger issues. Yikes.

                                                                                                                            • Gangsta Nerd
                                                                                                                              Gangsta Nerd  22 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                                              Shut up impractical fool

                                                                                                                              • Andy Sing
                                                                                                                                Andy Sing  วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                                                Yah... They let Mufasa die :(

                                                                                                                                • Chase da dolla 247
                                                                                                                                  Chase da dolla 247  3 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                                                  4:56 Dude said I’m out bitch your on your own

                                                                                                                                  • Amanzel Fay
                                                                                                                                    Amanzel Fay  3 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                                                    im here just to dislike the video....poor lizard.

                                                                                                                                    • James Lee
                                                                                                                                      James Lee  3 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                                                      At 29:07, you can see a hand in green glove is pressing the poor lizard so it could not escape.

                                                                                                                                      • Sicko Goat Dario
                                                                                                                                        Sicko Goat Dario  3 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                                                        Our generation is so lost, of course they hold the lizard down, its called feeding alive food. In slaughterhouses are millions of animals brutally raised and killed in unfair conditions and no one gives a shit. But when a lizard, which probably lived the best life in the woods is being fed alive everyone looses their shit. Wake up, the world isnt made out of sugar.

                                                                                                                                        • Strike Dudes
                                                                                                                                          Strike Dudes  3 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                                                          Literally all animal: breed by stacking 'em

                                                                                                                                          • John Estelo Forones
                                                                                                                                            John Estelo Forones  4 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                                                            8:53 minecraft music

                                                                                                                                            • GrandChallenge
                                                                                                                                              GrandChallenge  4 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                                                              Everyone in this lizard killing piece of garbage video should be burnt alive and killed slowly. You fucktards messing up with natural order for views?? That lizard looked helpless af because you were holding it. If you did this to a cat or dog you would be in jail but its a lizard so fine? You fucking sons of bitches I hope you all die painfully

                                                                                                                                              • mookie Jones
                                                                                                                                                mookie Jones  4 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                                                                I love lizards

                                                                                                                                                • Volzarok
                                                                                                                                                  Volzarok  4 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                                                                  Fucking cruel bastards!, and i'm not talking about mantis, but this channel production team.

                                                                                                                                                  • Cereza En Auge
                                                                                                                                                    Cereza En Auge  4 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                                                                    Que miedo dan las mantis religiosas , me dan pánico , veo una y me voy corriendo

                                                                                                                                                    • Mask Mask
                                                                                                                                                      Mask Mask  4 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                                                                      Praying Mantises in 10x size would be 😵

                                                                                                                                                      • Irish Bill
                                                                                                                                                        Irish Bill  4 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                                                                        flagged as animal cruelty you fucking fake assholes!!!

                                                                                                                                                        • louis chambers
                                                                                                                                                          louis chambers  4 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                                                                          The trolls on this video is amazing lol

                                                                                                                                                          • blue eon
                                                                                                                                                            blue eon  4 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                                                                            Poor lizard, held by a hand to make a more "sensational video", you assholes. Reported you.

                                                                                                                                                            • Some random Templar guy
                                                                                                                                                              Some random Templar guy  4 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                                                                              How the hell does a lizard get beaten by a damn hungry leaf!?

                                                                                                                                                              • OVER KILL
                                                                                                                                                                OVER KILL  4 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                                                                                Humans are the most predatory, most ruthless animals of them all. Mister Greenglove here displays that without a doubt.

                                                                                                                                                                • Bass Fatality
                                                                                                                                                                  Bass Fatality  4 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                                                                                  Damn.....cold blood brother

                                                                                                                                                                  • SenshiBuredo
                                                                                                                                                                    SenshiBuredo  5 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                                                                                    Not a fair fight. Lizard was held in place. I was wondering why it didn’t run away

                                                                                                                                                                    • hey_ miss_true
                                                                                                                                                                      hey_ miss_true  5 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                                                                                      29:05 tem alguém segurando o lagarto para o louva deus ganhar! DENUNCIEM ESSE VIDEO É FAKE NEWS!

                                                                                                                                                                      • Guava Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                        Guava Inc.  5 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                                                                                        This is so fucked uo that lizard went thru so much pain u let a insect kill a mammal what a slow death I’m pretty sure u guys helped ripped his head off. If not u guys held down this mammal probably for a hour or longer and watched this mantis eat him alive with those tiny teeth I feel bad the lizard had a slow death

                                                                                                                                                                        • daRa
                                                                                                                                                                          daRa  5 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                                                                                          Iv lost respect for praying mantis after being destroyed by army ants ...weaksauce

                                                                                                                                                                          • one grain
                                                                                                                                                                            one grain  5 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                                                                                            The most feared, no, I don't think so ants are the most feared they took apart one of these in two min.

                                                                                                                                                                            • Andrew Manche
                                                                                                                                                                              Andrew Manche  5 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                                                                                              thankfully they don't get bigger than 10cm - imagine a 1 metre specimen