Thursday, November 18, 2010

Praying Mantis

The praying mantis was named that because of the praying position and, it hides up on the leaves it waits to catch a suitable prey. Some of the times it is thought that the mantis should of been called the "Preying Mantis" so as it devours only live in insects. The mantis is green in colour so it could blend in with surrounding foliage so that the enemies can not easily see it camouflage. This is the one and only insect that could turn its head and on the neck and look behind its self.

The Mantis stalks its victim until an insect comes within reach of its strong, grasping forelegs. the main diet is blowflies, wasp, cockroaches, butterflies. Average length of an adult praying mantis is about 4cm. The Praying Mantis lays its eggs in a small case.

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