Fighting Mantis by Ali Khandan (10 images)

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Two mantises face off before a Kung Fu style dual which left only one insect standing. The martial art insects were captured in this rare fight to the death moment.
Perfectly balanced on the stem of a flower the two mantises prepare for battle, showing their colours to warn the other of their strength. The exquisite pair were photographed in Konarak, a small city located in the south-east of Iran, by Ali Akbar Khandan, 35, who by chance came across the deadly but natural display.
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