In a secluded valley in the Serra da Sao Mamede, Alto Alentejo, Portugal.

Praying Mantis in Portugal's Sao Mamede Natural Park.

Praying Mantis in Portugal's Sao Mamede Natural Park.

Amongst the golden grasses of Portugal's October the praying mantis in perfectly colour matched. They are harmless and intriguing for children for enjoy.

The praying mantis appears calm sitting on a hand so they are good fun to have around. They gently sway and move their heads from side to side. This might be to help them see you since they are highly specialised to recongnise moving insects within their reach in order they can the prey upon them. So by moving their heads they may be attempting to see you.