Keith Newstead




Praying Mantis

Crank mechanism with crank slider
Size: 29 x 10 x 39 cm

The female just has teared off the male's head and holds it in its claws as for kissing. The text on the back of the packing has comforting words for the terrible fate of the male:
"This gruesome fate is not as dreadful as it might first appear when we consider that the only aim of mantids is to make more mantids. After all, the female has all the work of producing the hundreds of young and so, by making sure she starts this demanding process off with a hearty meal, our male is actually increasing his chances of ensuring that his genes live on - even if he doesn't".

The model has been designed for London Zoo.