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A quick little guide I just drew for fun - I’m not really anal about this, it’s normal to simplify animal anatomy in cartoons and caricatures. If your intent is to portray a mantis accurately, however, it’s important to remember it has “hands!” The vast majority of mantids in art realistic and otherwise simply end the foreleg with the tibia, like an organic scythe, which is cool, but it’s not quite what they have.




Here’s a photo where you can more clearly see the leg structure (photographed by this person!)
A mantis usually stands, walks and climbs with all six tarsi!

A quick little guide I just drew for fun - I’m not really anal about this, it’s normal to simplify animal anatomy in cartoons and caricatures. If your intent is to portray a mantis accurately, however, it’s important to remember it has “hands!” The vast majority of mantids in art realistic and otherwise simply end the foreleg with the tibia, like an organic scythe, which is cool, but it’s not quite what they have.

Here’s a photo where you can more clearly see the leg structure (photographed by this person!)

A mantis usually stands, walks and climbs with all six tarsi!

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