The praying mantis gets it’s name because of it’s typical prayer like stance, but who would have thought that one would be capable of busting out the YMCA dance moves? Hasan Baglar, a photographer shooting in Cyprus, noticed a praying mantis on a branch next to him. Obviously startled, the mantis proceeded to perform the full YMCA dance moves in an act of defence, apparently – my guess is he was just a bit fruity.
‘I was actually out taking pictures of butterflies but it was a very hot summer day so I had to stop for a rest.
‘I sat down and immediately spotted the praying mantis on a small branch right next to me.
‘It seemed to be looking right at me and I was intrigued so I reached out to touch it.
‘As soon as I touched it, it opened its wings and held up its arms. I even picked it up and put it on the grass next to me but it managed to keep the pose perfectly.
‘I think it was afraid of me because it looked nervous and I have heard this is the normal behaviour of a praying mantis when it’s afraid.
‘Even though I know that I still couldn’t help but laugh. It was a photo opportunity not to be missed. I think I’m lucky to have been in the right place at the right time.’
Images from The Metro.