Photographer Takes Amusing Close-Ups of Extraordinarily Strange Praying Mantises

You have to see the hilarious expressions and mannerisms of these bizarre little creatures

Praying mantises are always a strange sight, with their strange posture and their frozen stillness, but photographer Pang Way captures them in their funniest moments.

His specialty in close-up insect photography reveals a whole new level of weirdness in the lives of these slow-moving, alien-eyed creatures.

They’re known as the most fearsome predators in the world, preying on other insects, lizards, frogs, fishes, small birds, and even each other, with the females known to sometimes bite the males’ heads off during mating.

But you’d never guess these little guys were so gruesome based on their hilarious facial expressions and poses they strike for the camera.

They come in all varieties of colors and patterns, some with wings and some without.

Seeing one can be considered good luck or bad, depending on which culture you’re from. In many cultures they are a reminder to be still and meditate.

“Because of the “praying” hands, some Christians say that the praying mantis represents spiritualism or piety, and if found in your home, may mean that angels are watching over you. Some Muslims say that the praying mantis is always facing toward Mecca. However, in Italy, some believe that if a praying mantis looks at you menacingly, it can make you sick, and in Japan, it may even be a foretelling of your death,” reports the Durango Herald.

For more images, check out Pang Way’s Instagram account.