Gruesome Vid: Mantis vs. Spider

This weekend, I opened the garage when a scurrying something caught my eye.  A 1 1/2 inch praying mantis running for cover but inadvertently volunteering to become the subject for my next video.  So here’s what a praying mantis does when confronted by a spider (warning, it’s a bit gruesome):

 After filming, I of course released him in a more suitable environment, which actually resulted in a much “happier” video.  Not a whole lot happens, but I think it’s a cool scene and I offer it in case someone wants to use it:

 

And finally, a video (much, much better than mine!) that inspired it all. It’s currently in the running for Vimeo’s annual video awards:

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