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How Mantises Became Nature’s Strangest Assassins - Mantises may look unearthly, but they’re uniquely adapted to life on this planet. These incredible hunters have repeatedly evolved into “ecomorphs”—groups that aren’t closely related, but share incredible adaptations to similar habitats. This happens so consistently in their history that it’s almost baffling. Do these dazzling displays of convergence have something to tell us about evolution?

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About Insectarium

Entomologist and museum curator Jessica Ware will introduce us to insects that upend our expectations and a diverse group of scientists who are passionate about the six-legged critters all around us. Forget about pandas–we’re here to make you fall in love with mandibles! The series is produced for PBS by the American Museum of Natural History.