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Praying Mantis Facts

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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. rnrnPraying 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?

53 Comments

  1. Perhaps it leaves out the genitals…? Or is it a case of it eating a couple of males before actually finding the one to mate with…I know a couple of women like that !! Praying Mantis kills its mate as its mate dismounts…anyway…such a small mistake could change the whole meaning of a something.

  2. your all wrong the female does this becouse its their only way the mate, the male has a nerve in the nak the when cut relisis the sperm.. something like that.. this info can be found in every ensiclopedy..

  3. i reckon that the reason the female eats the males head is because the eggs can grow alot faster and can also grow healty and strong.

  4. Yeah-The male cannot mate with it’s head still attached, so in order to mate, the female must bite his head off-and this info can be found in a lot of places!

  5. I’ll bet this causes a large number of male Mantis’ to become gay! Wow, and I thought MY girlfriend was rough during sex!

  6. Lester Williams wrote: #
    I’ll bet this causes a large number of male Mantis’ to become gay! Wow, and I thought MY girlfriend was rough during sex!

    lololololilikepielolololz

  7. The female praying mantis will eat the male AFTER mating. not before. and scientists believe this only happens 20% to 30% of the time in the wild under watch. The female could be under starving conditions and eats the male. Like a nymph will eat another nymph because they are starving.

  8. I read that the female will begin to mate with the male and then she will bite his head off which in turn causes the make to become more vigerous in the release of sperm. It is said that this does not happen every time. And happens more often in the lab than in the field.

  9. Females eating males has been documented, but it’s not the rule, and males certainly can have sex with their heads attached. Praying mantises are hungry critters and they’ll eat anything, including one another. The females are larger than the males, and so can gobble up a male. During mating, the two are necessarily close, and if the female wants a snack, the male is simply available. In the wild, this cannibalism seldom occurs.

    One online source is:

    http://exoticpets.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=exoticpets&cdn=homegarden&tm=29&f=20&su=p284.9.336.ip_p812.0.336.ip_&tt=11&bt=0&bts=0&zu=http%3A//www.mantiskingdom.com/

  10. Yeah i guess but it better than being something else like i dont know a spider the male always gets eaten after mating at least if the male makes a good impression he might live.

  11. HAE D0OES ANY ONE HAVE ANY GOOD FACTS ABOUT PRAYING MANTIS’S I HAVE THIS PRESENTATION I HAVE TO DO AND I DONT HAVE ANY FACTS HELP!!!!!!

  12. I think the reason the female eats the male is probably for one of the following reasons, or a few of them:

    1-She might be starving, and the male is right by, why not?
    2-Eating the male will provide a high amount of proteins and vitamins which will help the development of the ” ootheca(egg)”
    3-It causes the release of sperm to be more vigorous during sex, thank god its not like that for humans XD
    4-(joke)The male mantis admitted he had sex with another mantis before doing it with her XD

  13. REGARDING THE FEMALE MANTIS EATING THE HEAD OFF OF THE MALE BEFORE MATING, I FOUND THIS INTERESTING INFORMATION.

    For some 200 years it was thought that the female praying mantis decapitated her male partner before mating in order to induce a sexual response. However, recent studies by biologists show that is not the case at all. The male mantis performs a ritual dance and the female, instead of attacking her mate, responds with a dance of her own, reports Science magazine. It ends with a non-threatening posture signaling her receptiveness. What caused the misconception? Stressful conditions and lack of food, say the biologists. In original studies, the insects just werent given enough food, and the female mantis is usually more hungry than amorous.

  14. 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.

  15. 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. :)

  16. 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!)

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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!

  20. 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

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

  23. 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?

  24. 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???

  25. 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 ???????

  26. 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.

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