National Geographic : 1950 May
686 .~l hn G. I'itkin A Walking Flytrap Makes a Catch; She Dissects Her Victim and Dines Like a Gourmet In upper left, poised to strike, mantis stalks her unwary prey. Soon spiny forelegs thrust forward faster than the human eye can follow. Like the jaws of a toothed steel trap, their "blades" snap shut on the victim. Her catch completed, upper right, she has bitten the fly in two. Resting on elbows, below, she leisurely finishes the meal. Mantids dine methodically, eating with evident relish their victims' more delectable parts and discarding the rest. Their voracious appetites seem never satisfied. Their varied diet includes a long list of destructive insects. k.