Backyard Wildlife Photo of the Week: Praying Mantis

Praying mantis, photographed in Groton, Connecticut, by Kevin Skrzynski
Ready for its close-up, this praying mantis looms large over a group of blissfully unaware humans in the background. 17-year-old Kevin Skrzynski noticed the insect while on vacation in Connecticut. The mantis sat on Skrzynski's shoulder for several minutes, allowing the photographer to get face-to-face. And what a face!

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