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Praying Mantis
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 mantids. Mantis refers to the genus mantis, to which only some 
praying mantids belong. 
By any name, these fascinating insects are formidable predators. They have triangular 
heads poised on a long "neck," or elongated thorax. Mantids can turn their heads 180 
degrees to scan their surroundings with two large compound eyes and three other simple 
eyes located between them. 
Typically green or brown and well camouflaged on the plants among which they live, mantis 
lie in ambush or patiently stalk their quarry. They 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. 
Moths, crickets, grasshoppers, flies, and other insects are usually the unfortunate recipients 
of unwanted mantid attention. However, the insects will also eat others of their own kind. 
The most famous example of this is the notorious mating behavior of the adult female, who 
sometimes eats her mate just after—or even during—mating. Yet this behavior seems not 
to deter males from reproduction. 
Females regularly lay hundreds of eggs in a small case, and nymphs hatch looking much 
like tiny versions of their parents.
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  • 53. cast Praying Mantis images and text credit www. www.dailymail.co.uk www.nationalgeographic.com 35photo.ru www.telegraph.co.uk www.handleynation.com flickrhivemind.net Music Louis Armstrong - Tango created o.e. thanks for watching