Praying mantises see the world in three dimensions in a way that's completely different from how vertebrates (including birds, humans and other mammals) do, according to a new paper in Current Biology. Also, studying this required putting tiny glasses on mantises.
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Praying mantises are among the most frightening insects on the planet, equipped with powerful front legs which they use to snatch unwary insects, spiders, and even the odd amphibian or reptile. But as new research reveals, praying mantises are also proficient at capturing birds -- which they do more often than we thought.