Photo Gallery: Beauty in Science 11/27/2009
When the praying mantis (Rhombodera basalis) feels threatened, she transforms...
Igor Siwanowicz

When the praying mantis (Rhombodera basalis) feels threatened, she transforms herself into a dancing alien. This species, native to Malaysia, grows to be as much as 10 centimeters. When the mantis goes into her famous praying pose, she's not paying tribute to a higher authority, but getting ready to spring on its prey.