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Praying Mantis a master of disguise is carnivorous insect with a very colorful appetite. They can turn their triangular heads up to 180 degrees in search for an insect. An interesting praying mantis fact is that, while they are mating, the female praying mantis eats the males head. No one knows for sure why, but it could be that protein from male body helps the eggs develop. When little mantis hatch they look like their parents tiny replicas.

Praying mantis have excellent eye sight and they can see up to 18 meters (60 feet) away. They are not dangerous creatures (well at least not to the humans) and their average lifespan is around 12 months. They look like they are praying because they are resting their spiky forelegs. Who wants to be a mantis?






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lane hongie
the praying mantis has pretty color
lane hongie at 12:20PM, Oct 21st 2013.
Aleks
Cool I am at school right know for a project and this really helped keep thx a bunch.
Aleks at 09:27AM, Oct 9th 2013.
chrizelda coetzee
Does male praying mantis have two brains?
chrizelda coetzee at 09:40AM, Aug 21st 2013.
Auth
I insured my dhatuger and was shocked at the cost. The ones for women only were the worst quotes I got. Being under 25 has to be the biggest ripoff going, as they know that while the kids can't afford it the parents can.
Auth at 11:10PM, Sep 28th 2012.
elaina
well i want to know what they eat and i want to know if they hurt humans because i just cauht one and just want to learn facts about them and how do u know that it a girl or boy ???????
elaina at 07:47PM, Aug 25th 2012.
Karen Trujillo
The material you posted was very informative. I do have a question: is the female a green color & the male a brown color? My husband & I have differing opinions. I am pretty sure they are chameleon-like in that they adapt to what ever environment they are in; but generally speaking???
Karen Trujillo at 08:14PM, Aug 6th 2012.
thomas dickens
Sinful1 wrote:
I will try to answer a few of your questions but do, by no means, profess to have all the answers. My expierience stems from finding a mature female in my kitchen bin LOL!! A week or two after catching her for studying she happened to lay THREE egg sacks in a row, blessing me with over 150 mantis babies and has since laid another 3 egg sacks! So, having praying mantis at different stages I can say this:If you happen to catch a hatching session, be prepared for a sight!! The sacks themselves are not very big, no more than a few centimeters in length and when they hatch anything upto 60 babies(in MY expierience), depending on the size of your egg sack. They have a life span of between 9-12 months, can see upto 18 meters (60ft) away and will eat a variety of different insects/animals. The largest of the breed are known to eat small birds, snakes, spiders and even small rodents, but on our end of the scale(lol) they are more partial to things like aphids and termites for the babies and almost anything that moves for the "teenagers" and adults! I've fed mine things like mealworms, small, non venemous spiders, crickets, grasshoppers (from your backyard), woodies and ****roaches.Mantis will only eat live prey and are amazing to watch when they are on the hunt! They can grow form 0.5 - 6 inches long and are more commonly related to the ****roach than the grasshopper. Praying mantis are part of the mantid family of which there are approx 1,800 different spicies! They also have quite an impressive colour spectrum.I've found that if you take the time to handle your mantis often, but carefully as they ARE very fragile and can be easily damaged, they can become quite a unique friend and may even begin to anticipate feeding times! Do be careful handling smaller ones as they can jump and this can lead to damage or loss of your new friend. I will be going into buisness to sell praying mantis in about 10-14 weeks and will have learned a lot more by then. I will also be looking at going to schools to do educational tours. If anyone is interested, feel free to talk to your school and have them contact me via my e-mail at the bottom of the post. (Reggretably, at this time, I will only be able to service South Australia until my buisness grows enough to allow me to travel) I hope I have been of some assistance and if I can help further I shall certainly try. You can reach me on facebook as Rachel Rowe or through Rachelrowe80@yahoo.com.au. Look forward to hearing from you!




i have a praying mantis that i caught about a two weeks ago. and he just molted for the first time. anyway i caught about six decent sized flies and i put them all in his container at the same time. i was just wondering if gave him too many for one go?
thomas dickens at 08:23PM, Jul 5th 2012.
Sinful1
I will try to answer a few of your questions but do, by no means, profess to have all the answers. My expierience stems from finding a mature female in my kitchen bin LOL!! A week or two after catching her for studying she happened to lay THREE egg sacks in a row, blessing me with over 150 mantis babies and has since laid another 3 egg sacks! So, having praying mantis at different stages I can say this:If you happen to catch a hatching session, be prepared for a sight!! The sacks themselves are not very big, no more than a few centimeters in length and when they hatch anything upto 60 babies(in MY expierience), depending on the size of your egg sack. They have a life span of between 9-12 months, can see upto 18 meters (60ft) away and will eat a variety of different insects/animals. The largest of the breed are known to eat small birds, snakes, spiders and even small rodents, but on our end of the scale(lol) they are more partial to things like aphids and termites for the babies and almost anything that moves for the "teenagers" and adults! I've fed mine things like mealworms, small, non venemous spiders, crickets, grasshoppers (from your backyard), woodies and ****roaches.Mantis will only eat live prey and are amazing to watch when they are on the hunt! They can grow form 0.5 - 6 inches long and are more commonly related to the ****roach than the grasshopper. Praying mantis are part of the mantid family of which there are approx 1,800 different spicies! They also have quite an impressive colour spectrum.I've found that if you take the time to handle your mantis often, but carefully as they ARE very fragile and can be easily damaged, they can become quite a unique friend and may even begin to anticipate feeding times! Do be careful handling smaller ones as they can jump and this can lead to damage or loss of your new friend. I will be going into buisness to sell praying mantis in about 10-14 weeks and will have learned a lot more by then. I will also be looking at going to schools to do educational tours. If anyone is interested, feel free to talk to your school and have them contact me via my e-mail at the bottom of the post. (Reggretably, at this time, I will only be able to service South Australia until my buisness grows enough to allow me to travel) I hope I have been of some assistance and if I can help further I shall certainly try. You can reach me on facebook as Rachel Rowe or through Rachelrowe80@yahoo.com.au. Look forward to hearing from you!
Sinful1 at 01:07AM, May 10th 2012.
des111
i have several encounters with these beautiful,and gentle creatures.do not be afraid. you will want to be careful to handle with care, they are delicate. they are desirous of forming a relationship with you.
des111 at 01:39PM, Apr 20th 2012.
sex machine
awesome!!!!
sex machine at 03:01AM, Apr 13th 2012.
Karan Vijayan
Male mantis after work.....
Hii funny i am home,,,,,aaaaaaaaa,,,,,wtf
Karan Vijayan at 09:29AM, Nov 14th 2011.
Rachel
This crazy Praying Mantis reminds me of Mexican sculptures called alebrijas.

It does look stunning.
Rachel at 02:34AM, Oct 10th 2011.
Glen
We have female in captivity since birth.
She has always been a real good eater and very aggressive towards the crickets and flies we feed her.
12 days ago she was mated with a female and went through the process for almost 4 hours before the male escaped and walked away.
Since then her appetite has diminished to almost nothing and we are fearful she won't make it long enough to produce her egg packages.
Any advice???
Please help.
Thanks,
Glen
Glen at 01:09PM, Sep 26th 2011.
TEAL
I love praying mantis. that's the beauty of a predator I like.
TEAL at 03:18AM, Sep 1st 2011.
Ben
I found it a bit disturbing that all these students where basing an entire report upon this one site... When I need facts, I use an encyclopedia. Praying Mantis is a slang term for the proper name "mantid". More information on these awesome little creatures can be found in any encyclopedia. Here is one for britannica online:

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/362942/mantid

dont forget to search for images of them to see all the neat kinds!
Ben at 02:24AM, Aug 30th 2011.
A_thought
Although the praying mantis is known for its cannibalistic mating process in actuality it only occurs 5-31% of the time. Especially in laboratory conditions of bright lights and confinement, the female is more likely to eat the male as means of survival. "In nature, mating usually takes place under cover, so rather than leaning over the tank studying their every move, we left them alone and videotaped what happened. We were amazed at what we saw. Out of thirty matings, we didn't record one instance of cannibalism, and instead we saw an elaborate courtship display, with both sexes performing a ritual dance, stroking each other with their antennae before finally mating. It really was a lovely display". (7) There is one species, however, the Mantis religiosa, in which it is necessary that the head be removed for the mating to take effect properly. (5) Sexual cannibalism occurs most often if the female is hungry. But eating the head does causes the body to ejaculate faster. (3)

Source: http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/node/1801
A_thought at 02:57AM, Jul 1st 2011.
dbobroski
i have baby praying mantis, they ate the fruit flies that came with them right away, any help as to else to feed them, thanx denny
dbobroski at 01:14PM, Jun 1st 2011.
Bloopidy Blop!
Ummmmm.... What's up with the strange monster as my pick..? 0.o
Bloopidy Blop! at 03:35PM, Apr 13th 2011.
Bloopidy Blop!
Haha, poor male! Anyway, I need one more fact, GAAAH!!!! Stupid homework!!! ^.^
Bloopidy Blop! at 03:33PM, Apr 13th 2011.
Alina
A mantis is called a praying mantis becuse it looks like its praying.It is an insectivore.It eats lizards snakes birds and sometimes even rodents. It can turn green or brown (camoulflage) only in does colours.

If you have any facts please email me at ameenarules@hotmail.com (different facts or i will fail!)
Alina at 01:39PM, Nov 6th 2010.
lizzi
AAAHHH if i dont get more facts on the praying mantis I will fail sweventh grade!!!!! help me!! if u no of any site that would be helpful for me i would love to check them out. you could also email me at tosagirl1125@yahoo.com or on facebook
lizzi at 01:12PM, Oct 24th 2010.
kitty
Well, I had posted that I was afraid of the Mantis to get on me.... It did fly on me. Onto my T-shirt towards the back. I got it onto a plant. Whew!!! I couldn't get past the fear. Now it has gone from the garden. Darn! I have been looking for it. Maybe I was BUGGING it too much. ha ha I found it a caterpillar and offered it but it only looked at it. Later I saw that it was gone. Maybe it will return. One evening I put some water on a leaf and sat it next to it. It came over and licked?/ate? the water off into its mouth. I thought we were then bonded. Weird how an insect can seem to be knowing. It may have flown to greener pastures. I enjoyed it while it was here. :)
kitty at 06:06PM, Oct 20th 2010.
bo


If I don't I will fail badly.
bo at 04:54PM, Oct 20th 2010.
kitty
I want the praying mantis, in my yard, to get on me but I am afraid of it. Will it bite me? It keeps walking towards me but then I become afraid.
kitty at 03:27PM, Oct 14th 2010.
Harrison
OMG OMG
I NEED MORE FACTS
ORELSE I WILL FAIL!
Harrison at 10:24PM, Sep 30th 2010.

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