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David Rice - Mantidae Patientia


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David Rice
Mantidae Patientia
Acrylic on Panel, 9"x12"

“The rarest of all the mantids, the ‘Patient Mantis’ is known for its ability to stay completely still in one place for extended periods of time waiting for prey. If its surroundings become uninhabitable, it will go into a state of hibernation and wait for its environment to change around it, awaking once its surroundings are again favorable for maintaining life. The oldest known Patient Mantis were found in Death Valley, California, and are believed to have been hibernating for roughly 10,000 years, waiting for the area to revert from its desert landscape back to the temperate forest it once was during the Pleistocene era.”