Praying Mantis Facts

Praying Mantis Facts
Praying mantis is a type of an insect which is closely related to mantids, termites, and cockroaches. There are 2000 species of praying mantis and almost all of them inhabit tropical and subtropical areas. Praying mantises live in America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia. They can be seen in grasses, forests, gardens and other green areas. Praying mantises are not listed as endangered species.
Interesting Praying Mantis Facts:
Average lifespan of the praying mantis in the wild is 12 months.
Praying mantis lays case with 300 eggs in the fall. They turn into nymphs in spring. Nymphs look like miniature version of adult insects, but without wings. After molting for couple of times, nymph will transform in the adult insect with wings.
Praying mantises are probably the best known by the fact that female eats male's head during sexual intercourse. That does not happen that often (there are only 30% chance that female will attack the male in the wild) and it is not essential part of the intercourse. Besides ingesting large amount of nutritional proteins, female prolongs the intercourse by eating male's head, because nerves which stimulate copulation are located in the male's abdomen (away from the head).
Main predators of the praying mantis are owls, frogs, monkeys and bats.
When threatened, praying mantis will stand on its hind legs and spread its front legs to scare the predator. If this tactic is not effective enough, praying mantis will strike using its front legs and try to bite and pinch the predators.
Praying mantis has a single ear on the bottom of its abdomen. It cannot detect location, direction or frequency of the sound, but it may detect ultrasound.
raying mantis eats different kinds of insects: grasshoppers, crickets, flies, moths, and caterpillars. Some people use praying mantis in pest control in their yards, but besides pests, praying mantis can eradicate some very beneficial insects, such as bees.
Praying mantis is a small insect that reaches between 0.5 to 6 inches in length.
Color of the praying mantis varies from brown to green, depending on its habitat. Color of the body provides camouflage and enables praying mantis to blend with its environment and become invisible for both the predators and the prey.
Praying mantis has segmented body (body divided in several parts) that consists of head, thorax and abdomen.
Praying mantis has triangular head (shaped like triangle) with large compound eyes. It has excellent eyesight and it is able to detect the movement at the distance of 60 feet.
Color of the praying mantis varies from brown to green, depending on its habitat. Color of the body provides camouflage and enables praying mantis to blend with its environment and become invisible for both the predators and the prey.
Praying mantis is a small insect that reaches between 0.5 to 6 inches in length.

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