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Praying Mantis
Praying Mantis
Insect. There are approximately 1,800 species of praying mantis in the world. Their most striking feature is the grasping front legs that look like they are praying, and are well-designed for grabbing and holding prey. Harmless to humans, this insect actually helps farmers by eating insects that destroy crops. Their eggs are laid in masses that can include hundreds of eggs and are often insulated with a foamy material that protects them over winter.
Scientific Name Lifespan
Mantis religiosa Less than 1 year
Carnivore. Aphids, mosquitoes, flies, roaches, bees, crickets, butterflies, grasshoppers, beetles, and spiders.
Predators and Threats
Bats, birds, frogs, spiders; fish and aquatic insects eat larvae and pupae.
Bushy fields and gardens, tropical and temperate rainforests; Northern Africa, Southern Europe, Asia, and North America (introduced).