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WHAT IS THE PRAYING MANTIS?


The Praying Mantis is a good pest control because it feeds on insects, that are found in the garden. Some larger Praying Manti are even known to eat small tree frogs and hummingbirds. To help protect themselves from predators, the mantis has evolved hollow chambers in its body to hear the high frequency vibrations of other creatures coming close to it, including bats.



Many people keep the Praying Mantis as a pet but this is a creature that is most active at night. The average lifespan for a praying mantis is 5 to 6 months. The praying mantis is also the only known species that can turn its head back 180 degrees. Their strong forelegs are covered in long spines, which help to trap insects. The Mantis sits with its arms raised and together in front of its head, as though it were preying, until the insect becomes trapped in the spines when it is devoured.














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The Chinese Praying Mantis has compound eyes on either side of its large, triangle-shaped head. Their forewings are leathery in texture and short, and the jaws of the Praying Mantid are very powerful. Although over 2,000 species of mantids are found nearly worldwide, many areas see only a few species commonly. For example, though there are at least 21 different species known to live in the United States, though the Eastern United States sees only three species of mantid regularly, one of which is the Chinese Praying Mantis. The Chinese Praying Mantis is not native to the United States. They were originally introduced from China, where they originate, in the early 1900s to help gardeners with pest control.

 

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