“The praying mantis is named for its prominent front legs, which are bent and held together at an angle that suggests the position of prayer. The larger group of these insects is more properly called the praying mantis. Mantis refers to the genus mantis, to which only some praying mantis belong. By any name, these fascinating insects are formidable predators,” according to Buglogical.com.
Average Life Span in the wild:
0.5 to 6 inches long
Interesting facts about Praying Mantis
- Triangular heads poised on a long “neck,” or elongated thorax.
- Mantis can turn their heads a full 180 degrees.
- They have two bulbous compound eyes, three small simple eyes, and a pair of antennae with only one ear.
- Closely related to cockroaches and terminates.
- Females sometimes eat their mates during or after mating.
- Green or brown and well camouflaged on the plants among which they live, mantis lie in ambush or patiently stalk their quarry.
- Use their front legs to snare their prey with reflexes so quick that they are difficult to see with the naked eye. Their legs are further equipped with spikes for snaring prey and pinning it in place. They eat moths, crickets, grasshoppers, flies, and others of their own kind.
- Females regularly lay hundreds of eggs in a small case, and nymphs hatch looking much like tiny versions of their parents.
- 2,400 species are tropical. Only 18 species are from the North American continent.
- Spiritually they represent good luck.
- Make good pets.
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