Which One’s the Twig?

These weird and wonderful insects have been caught in a unique set of poses as they form bizarre shapes.

The twig-like praying mantises were snapped by professional photographer Mehmet Karaca in his hometown in Kahramanmaras, a province in Turkey.

He photographed them as they were eating  plants but also camouflaging themselves from predators at the same time.

Bend and twist: These weird and wonderful insects have been caught in a unique set of poses as they form bizarre shapesThese weird and wonderful insects have  been caught in a unique set of poses as they form bizarre shapes
These weird and wonderful insects have been caught in a unique set of poses as they form bizarre shapes
These weird and wonderful insects have been caught in a unique set of poses as they form bizarre shapes

Mr Karaca 27, said: ‘The praying mantises camouflage well with plants and really do look like flowers – sometimes I can hardly recognize them’

Caught on camera: The twig-like praying mantises were snapped by professional photographer Mehmet Karaca in his hometown in Kahramanmaras, a province in TurkeyThe twig-like praying mantises were  snapped by professional photographer Mehmet Karaca in his hometown in  Kahramanmaras, a province in Turkey

Mr Karaca, 27, said: ‘The praying mantises  camouflage well with plants and really do look like flowers – sometimes I can hardly recognize them.’

‘I have been doing photography for three years now and I used a macro lens on my camera to shoot these beauties.’

Mantises are camouflaged, and most species make use of protective coloration to blend in with the foliage.

Various species have evolved to not only blend with the foliage, but to mimic it, appearing as either living or withered  leaves, sticks, tree bark, blades of grass, flowers, or even  stones

Close-up: Mr Karaca uses a macro lens to capture the animals on camera Mr Karaca uses a macro lens to capture the  animals on camera
These weird and wonderful insects have been caught in a unique set of poses as they form bizarre shapes.
These weird and wonderful insects have been caught in a unique set of poses as they form bizarre shapes.
Various species have evolved to not only blend  with the foliage, but to mimic it, appearing as either living or withered  leaves, sticks, tree bark, blades of grass, flowers, or even stones
Can you see him? Mantises are camouflaged, and most species make use of protective coloration to blend in with the foliage Mantises are camouflaged, and most species make use of protective coloration to blend in with the foliage

Attribution: Mail Online