This individual had just gone bathing in the river, a tributary of the Zambezi. I was at some distance (about forty metres) on the opposite river bank.
floating in river, rescued & released c.4km downstream on Zimbabwean bank
Roosting in riverine forest
Upperside and underside
Female ovipositing on Portulaca sp. Two female forms present in the same vicinity.
These were everywhere at Victoria Falls. They're a bit scary because they're so used to people and they don't hesitate to come right at you if you have something they want.
I first saw this Empusa mantis on vacation at Vic Falls. I still don't know the exact species.
Crocodile at Lake Kariba, Zambia
High res: View On Black
On trail down to base of Vic Falls.