Praying Mantis

There are more than 2,000 species of mantids, or mantises. The most well-known is the praying mantis so called from its prayer-like posture. Mantises are always predators, catching and eating insects including their own species. Larger ones will even feed on lizards and birds.

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What do baby praying mantis look like?

A baby praying mantis looks like a miniature replica of a fully grown praying mantis. They can be varied colors from brown to green. It depends on the species. Sometimes they will change color when they are older, or remain the same color.

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What should you name your girl praying mantis?

Anything you want! You could even make up a name like, MaKayla with the first a sounding like ant. I had the same problem naming my stuffed manitee and I named her MaKayla. Don't call me a freak but you could also call her Mandy or Mandoline.

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What is the plural for praying mantis?

Praying Mantises or Praying Manti.

Or praying mantids :)

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What type of symbiotic relationships do praying mantis have between other insects?

They are extremely attracted to the hippopotamus and often live in it's anal cavity. Also they like to get jiggy with squirrels and are known to cross breed with the iguana

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Do praying mantis wings grow back?

Unfortunately not, once the mantis has wings it means that it is and adult and not a wingless nymph ("baby"), once it has moulted into its last skin it will seldom moult again, thus not having a new skin to grow and repair.

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What does a leaf like mantis look like?

Because they do and any one who dont believe me is smart

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Is a praying mantis a decomposer or producer or consumer?

A praying mantis hunts and eats other animals, so it has to be a consumer.

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How do you tell if a praying mantis is a boy or a girl?

Count the lines on its abdomen

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How much do praying mantis egg cases cost?

3 cases for $12.00

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Can you take care of an injured praying mantis?

Yes you can depending on the injury

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Are male and female praying mantis different in size?

yes usually the female is bigger

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Do you help a praying mantis give birth?

Praying mantids are insects and lay egg sacs. There is no live birth involved.

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Keep praying mantis' away?

you can keep them away with insect repellent, but i wouldn't. They eat common household pests, such as cockroaches, and crickets

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Does a praying mantis grow into a cocoon?

No.

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Do praying mantises eat grass?

Yes

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Do praying mantis spit on humans?

Mantises cant spit.

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What is a Praying Mantis?

The Praying mantis is a very cool insect that will eat the bad bugs in your garden. They are fast moving and hard to find. Watch them eat, they eat like they are munching a hamburger. They will also take a fly from your fingers if you are patient and have a steady hand and a live fly.

A Praying Mantis is so called because of the "pray-like" stance they take when waiting for prey.

The natural life span of a Praying Mantis in the wild is about 10-12 months, but some have been known to live up to 14 months in captivity. In cooler areas Mantids die during the winter months. The males sometimes die suddenly 2 or 3 weeks after mating. This is normally caused by the female's urge to kill off the male once the egg pouch has been produced (this does not happen with all mantis species). As with all insects, the praying mantis has a three segmented body consisting of a head, a thorax, and an abdomen. The adults have an elongated abdomen that is covered by its wings. Praying Mantids have very large compound eyes mounted on a triangular shaped head. This gives them a huge field of vision. They use their sight to detect the moment of pray, swiveling their heads to bring the pray into binocular- field of view. The articulated head is able to move 180 degrees. Their antennae are used for smell. The Praying Mantis can be found in most parts of the world that have a mild winter and plenty of vegetation. They spend most of their time in highly vegetated areas such as gardens, forests, and such. The Praying Mantis is a carnivorous insect that primarily feeds on other insects, such as Fruit flies, crickets, beetles, moths, or bees. It is not uncommon for larger Mantids to consume small reptiles, birds, and even small mammals.

They capture their pray using their natural camouflage to blend with the surroundings. There they wait until their pray was within striking distance. Then they snatch up their victim using their front legs, hold it down and consume it.

The Praying Mantis have many predators and often falls pray to animals such as, frogs, monkeys, large birds, bats, spiders or snakes. They will also prey on each other, usually during the nymph stage or mating.

When a Praying Mantis feels threatened, it will stand tall and spread their forelegs which will allow them to penetrate the target. They fan out their wings and open their mouths. This makes the mantis seem bigger. They may also admit a hissing sound.

The Praying Mantis lays its eggs en mass, usually in the fall, on small branches or twigs. the eggs hatch in spring or early summer when a warmer temperature triggers the birth.

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How long do pray mantis live?

About as long as a cockroach, I guess.

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What does a praying mantis eat?

A praying mantis eats living insects that it captures in its spined front legs.

They eat all forms of insects, but will also eat lizards, snakes and even small birds and rodents if they can.

DIET: The praying mantis is a carnivorous insect that takes up a deceptively humble posture when it is searching for food. When at rest, the mantis' front forelegs are held up together in a posture that looks like its praying. These front legs are equipped with rows of sharp spines used to grasp its prey. They wait unmoving and are almost invisible on a leaf or a stem, ready to catch any insect that passes. When potential prey comes close enough, the mantis thrusts its pincher-like forelegs forward to catch it. The prey probably won't escape because the forelegs are so strong and armed with overlapping spines. The mantid bites the neck of its prey to paralyze it and begins to devour it. The mantis almost always starts eating the insect while it's still alive, and almost always starts eating from the insect's neck. This way, the mantis makes sure that the insect's struggle stops quickly. Praying mantises eat insects and other invertebrates such as other mantises, beetles, butterflies, spiders, crickets, grasshoppers, and even spiders. The praying mantises also eat vertebrates such as small tree frogs, lizards, mice and hummingbirds. Praying mantids can resemble flowers and can catch small, unknowing hummingbirds. The praying mantis also eats other nesting birds.
Mosquitoes, flies, grasshoppers, beetles, butterflies, moths, spiders, roaches, bees, and dragonflies

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Are praying mantis poisonous?

They are not poisonous

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Can you keep a praying mantis for a pet?

Yes you can keep them as pets and no they will not die in a few days unless they are ready to die due to age .You have to have the rt enclosure and set up though .You can look up how to take care of one and they will tell you the set up and temp depending on the mantis you have .

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Do praying mantis makes any sound?

yes they make a cricket noise

in verry few species (the cricket noise), although some can make a hissing noise whilst performing the threat display by squeezing air out of small holes in the abdomen. I once heard this given off by a european mantis in France when i accidentally startled it.

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How much can a praying mantis lift?

i think it is up to 85 POUNDS

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How do you tell if a praying mantis is dead?

When it stops praying.

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Can praying Mantis eat oranges?

no, they are carnovours

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