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πŸ“Έ by @bugz_uk

Sphodromantis eating a cricket head first.

Unlike every other animal in existence, most mantids possess only one ear.

It is located in the centre of its chest.

They also have ultrasonic hearing, picking up frequencies above 20,000 hertz – just beyond the range of humans.

They put this ear to good use, it allows them to dodge bat attacks in mid-air.

Since bats use ultrasonic pulses to locate food, being able to pick up those pulses with your own built-in detector means that the mantis has at least some advanced notice of a hungry bat and can maneuver appropriately.



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