What a dreadful pun 😦
I think its head moved as I took the photo but anyway it flew off and landed on a tree trunk, where we had a chance to formally introduce ourselves.We chatted for a while and suddenly we were rudely interrupted by this visitor:The spider launched itself at the mantis and the target prey took flight, never to return.The mantis was a lot bigger than the spider but I wonder if the spider could inject venom and paralyze the victim. I have seen a mantis in a spider’s web before.
This mantis is probably Creobroter gemmata. The only book on HK mantis is George Ho’s Mantis of HK, published by the HK EntSoc. It is in Chinese but Mrs. Ha read the text and said this is rare. There is a very similar mantis but that has only 1 HK record and I’m not claiming number 2.
This is one of the joys of being out at night. So many things to see that I would miss by day. I hope you find this as fascinating as I do.