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 Carnivorous Predator Praying Mantis

What is a Praying Mantis?
The Praying Mantis, also called Praying Mantids or Praying Mantises, are large carnivorous insects that belong to the Mantidae family and Mantodea Order. There are about 2,000 species of mantids widely distributed throughout the tropical, subtropical, and warm temperate areas of the world. The biggest praying mantises are the Tenodera and the Archimantis, which can be six inches long. The smallest praying mantis is the Bolbe pygmaea, which is only 2/5 of an inch long.

Strangely, scientists and entomologists agree that the mantis is closely related to the cockroach. Like their relatives the cockroaches, mantids undergo simple or incomplete metamorphosis. There is no caterpillar or maggot stage. The young go through several nymphal stages in which they resemble miniature wingless adults. Mantis species from Europe and China were introduced to the Northeastern United States about 75 years ago for use as garden predators in the hopes that they would overtake the native pest population. Because they have so many enemies, such as birds, Praying Mantis must use their natural camouflage and blend in with their habitat to avoid being eaten.

Praying mantids are among the few insects which can rotate their heads so they can literally look over their shoulders, making them extremely effective predators. The Praying Mantis is a carnivorous insect that takes up a deceptively humble posture when searching for food. Mantids grab their prey with their raptorial front legs which quickly shoot out and grasp their victim. Mantis almost always start eating the insect while its still alive, and they almost always start eating their victim's neck so that their struggle won't last long. Praying mantises eat insects and other invertebrates, such as other mantises, beetles, butterflies, crickets, grasshoppers, and even spiders. Praying mantises also eat vertebrates such as small tree frogs, lizards, mice, hummingbirds, and other nesting birds. Praying Mantises make terrific pest exterminators. They keep down the populations of bugs that threaten farms making them highly useful to agriculture.

Courtship and mating is a hazardous undertaking for male Praying Mantises. The female is likely to grab the male and eat him from the head end even before the mating process is over! For the avid insect collector we have framed praying mantis insects in several charming varieties!

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