Fishing or drowning?

We spotted this mantis in a stream in the mountains of Anji County. Initially, we thought it had fallen in the water accidentally, and, when it drifted close enough, we “rescued” it with a long stick.

However, as we watched it drift, it didn’t seem to be in any distress and it seemed to be well supported by surface tension on its back legs.

After copying the photos to my computer, it looked to me as if its front legs were poised to pounce on one of the myriads of small fish that inhabited the pool.

I searched online and found this paper from September 2018, that reported the first known case of a mantis hunting fish in the wild.

So, maybe it’s possible that we witnessed a mantis hunting fish.

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