The Praying Mantis
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The Praying Mantis

The Praying Mantis comes from the Mantidae family, which contains around 2,200 species of mantis.

The Praying Mantis comes from the Mantidae family, which contains around 2,200 species of mantis. They can be found everywhere in the world, except places which are extremely hot or cold. The closet living relative of the Praying Mantis is the Cockroach, which scientists believe they evolved from during the Cretaceous period.

The Praying Mantis is an evolved predator, with millions of years to enhance its skills. They have two spiked forelegs that are used to grasp and hold prey. The head of the Praying Mantis has the ability to turn 300 degrees, allowing it to see both prey and other predators with ease. However, the greatest evolutionary trait of these insects is camouflage. Many of them are ambush hunters, which mean that they use camouflage to hunt prey. Some of them are brightly coloured, allowing them to hide within flowers. Others have a dull color, so they hide within grass or upon trees. However, not all Preying Mantis use camouflage to hunt, some stalk their prey.

They are carnivores, eating many different kinds of insects and sometimes animals. Butterflies, bees, ladybugs, spiders, and grasshoppers are but a few insects they will devour. Larger species of Praying Mantis will also hunt small lizards, fish, small birds, and even small rodents. While, the hunt a variety of smaller of insects and animals, they are in return hunted by a variety of larger animals and insects. Large lizards and spiders, birds, and some rodents commonly hunt them. Humans are also responsible for countless Praying Mantis deaths.

Sexual cannibalism occurs occasionally with Praying Mantis. Strangely, this only happens when the female is feeling threatened or rushed. Scientists observed that when the coupling is being watched the females usually eats the male, while if the are left in peace and unobserved the male will have the time to do a mating dance before the coupling and will live through the act. Males in the wild usually live to have sex 7-8 times and more commonly die from predators or old age. While those in captivity usually die in their first sexual encounter.

The Praying Mantis is a very beautiful insect. These insects are wonderful for gardens, since they eat insects that can hurt the plants. Many gardeners use Praying Mantis to protect their gardens. They are a welcome sight for anyone, be them gardener or regular person. It is strange to see a predator with so much beauty, which makes the Praying Mantis a one of a kind insect.


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a beautiful insect indeed and a powerful one, thank you!