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Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis
April 7th, 2014

How did praying mantis receive its name?

The word mantis comes from the Greek mantikos, for soothsayer or prophet. 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.

Mantis egg cases are starting to ship in mid to late April.


Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis
April 14th, 2014

What does the praying mantis eat?

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.


Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis
April 21st, 2014

How long will a Praying Mantis Live?

Praying Mantids will usually live from spring to fall. One of the strangest things about this insect is that the female will often eat the male and siblings will often eat each other




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