Praying Mantis is an insect. They are predators, hunt on living insects, large mantis feed on lizards, rodents, frogs, birds and even snakes. They wait for their prey to come close and quickly catch it. They are active during night. The adult praying mantis ranges in size from a centimeter to several inches in length.
Facts About Praying Mantis
- They blend themselves in surrounding with protective colouration to catch the prey and to save themselves from predators.
- Female lays 10-400 eggs on bubbled heap produced by abdominal glands. This heap harden to become a protective capsule like structure with a protective coat. Hatch their eggs in 3 weeks-6 months, depending on temperature and humidity.
- They go through three stages of metamorphoses: egg, nymph and adult. The female sometimes eats the male after mating.
- The life span of mantis is about 10-12 months but it may be14 months being in captivity.
- They are considered as useful insect by gardeners as they eat many harmful insects.
- There are about 1,700 varieties of praying mantis.
- The mantis uses its two front legs to attack it's prey.
- The mantis has very good eyesight, they can see movement upto 60 feets away.
- The mantis sheds its skin twelve times before it is full grown.