About the Project

The ZooTrophy Animal-a-Day project began on October 15th, 2013 as illustrator Angela "LemurKat" Oliver began working her way, systematically but selectively, through the alphabet and presenting, via social media, an illustrated animal to the world. Daily.

All pieces are drawn as 2.5 x 3.5 inch collectible cards, using a combination of polychromos and prismacolor pencils, along with other art materials. Many are still available for purchase ($10) or trade, so drop her an email if anything captures your eye or if there is an animal you wish to request.

It is predicted this project will take her at least two years to complete - with approximately 36 animals being drawn for each letter. She has also used the images to create a collectible hardback encyclopedia series, playing cards and a desk calendar, as well as the ZooTrophy collectible trading card game.

Monday, June 22, 2015

#605: Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis are named for her posture, where her front limbs are folded in such a manner as to give the impression that she is praying. If she is praying, it is for an insect to come near, for she is an ambush predator. She is also famed for her sexual cannibalism. During mating, the female may turn on the mounted male and bite his head off - as she does with typical prey. This occurs in around 90% of species and is more frequently observed in captivity than in the wild.

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