Yesterday, a couple of colleagues and I watched a standoff between a praying mantis and a magpie lark outside our building. Needless to say, the magpie lark eventually won but the praying mantis definitely gets bonus points for standing up to someone many times its size.
It reminded me of watching a standoff between a praying mantis and a honey bee a few years ago in my garden in Christchurch. I was hanging out my washing when I spotted the praying mantis attempting to catch one of the many honey bees visiting the lavender bush. It eventually grabbed one but it took some time before it was able to manoeuver it into a safe position for eating!