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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Praying Mantis

Photo Credit: Adamantios
The praying mantis ambushes its prey and captures it with its spiny forelegs. A mantis feeds on all types on insects, including other mantises.

The cannibalistic habits of praying mantises ensure that they remain solitary creatures. Because they feed on one another, mantises are widely spaced withing their various habitats.

Mantises are found in a variety of habitats, including deserts, meadows, and Savannahs,, all through the warmer parts of the world, especially in the humid tropical rainforests, where the majority of mantis species occur.

Praying mantises do not actively hunt down their prey. Instead, they wait unmoving and virtually invisible on a leaf or stem, ready to seize any passing insects. When potential prey comes within range, the mantis thrusts its pincer-like forelegs forward to grasp the insect.

Did you know? 
  • Large mantises will tackle and eat tree frogs and nestling birds. 
  • Flower mantises, from Africa and the Far East, so closely resemble flowers that insects will often land on them to get nectar. 
  • Whatever their size, mantises lay eggs of virtually the same size.

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