The mantis with hydraulic legs is piloted from the central cockpit with movements controlled by joysticks.

However, this prototype model can only travel at a speed of 1 mph – so there’s no need to board up your doors and windows and tremble in fear at an invasion of robot mantises just yet.

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British inventor Matt Denton, from Hampshire told the BBC “It wasn’t built to be efficient and fast. It was built to look cool and insect-like and fun.”

“It’s an entertainment vehicle. But I hope it will inspire people.” he explained.

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Denton said his robotic creation had attracted interest from a marine research organisation and as well as a mining company.

Check out some videos of the mantis in action below.