In the wisteria there prowls a fierce green predator. It is after the passionvine hoppers.
As the hopper slowly moves among the leaves, the mantis, cat-like, inches forwards.
The two eyes are set far apart to maximise the binocular vision. The mantis is able to judge distances very accurately. And in addition can spot movement directly behind behind too.
It fixates on the still hopper. Then gently extends its antennae to softly touch the hopper. This is a mistake, for the next second ....
Undaunted, the mantis climbs into another area. Suddenly it's all over. I've missed the quick efficient stalking and the lightning attack. The hopper is clutched in those wicked claws and the soft parts are being consumed. All that is left to photograph is the systematic munching.
After three minutes two delta wings flutter separately down to the deck. The meal is over.