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Taken on a bush in the street in DC

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The praying mantis is named for its prominent front legs, which are bent and held together at an angle that suggests the position of prayer. The larger group of these insects is more properly called the praying mantids. Mantis refers to the genus mantis, to which only some praying mantids belong.

By any name, these fascinating insects are formidable predators. They have triangular heads poised on a long “neck,” or elongated thorax. Mantids can turn their heads 180 degrees to scan their surroundings with two large compound eyes and three other simple eyes located between them.

Typically green or brown and well camouflaged on the plants among which they live, mantis lie in ambush or patiently stalk their quarry. They use their front legs to snare their prey with reflexes so quick that they are difficult to see with the naked eye. Their legs are further equipped with spikes for snaring prey and pinning it in place.

Moths, crickets, grasshoppers, flies, and other insects are usually the unfortunate recipients of unwanted mantid attention. However, the insects will also eat others of their own kind. The most famous example of this is the notorious mating behavior of the adult female, who sometimes eats her mate just after—or even during—mating. Yet this behavior seems not to deter males from reproduction.

Females regularly lay hundreds of eggs in a small case, and nymphs hatch looking much like tiny versions of their parents.

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creatures, praying mantis, bugs, insects

Comments

  • Vicki Pelham
    Vicki Pelhamover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture!!! So nicely done!!!

  • Thank you so much Vicki,

    – AnnDixon

  • portparadise
    portparadiseover 4 years ago

    Stunning close work ann

  • Thank you so much

    – AnnDixon

  • Scott Bricker
    Scott Brickerover 4 years ago

    great shot of the gardener’s best friend, Ann! looks like she was going to lay some eggs soon…I once (as a kid) took an egg case indoors, and then had thousands of tiny mantises everywhere…

  • Thank you so very much Scott, I really appreciate your kind comments, I am sorry it has taken me so long to say thank you,

    – AnnDixon

  • billfox256
    billfox256over 4 years ago

    I always knew that place had a lot of bugs in it. Great shot!!!!, Bill

  • Thank you so much Bill,

    – AnnDixon

  • jules572
    jules572over 4 years ago

    Whenever we find one of these little guys we think of it as good luck. The word mantis is Greek for “prophet” or “fortune teller”….Jules

  • Thank you so very much Jules, I really appreciate your kind comments, I am sorry it has taken me so long to say thank you,

    – AnnDixon

  • JamieGreen
    JamieGreenover 4 years ago

    Absolutely stunning…great shot!

  • Thank you so very much Jamie, I really appreciate your kind comments, I am sorry it has taken me so long to say thank you,

    – AnnDixon

  • CynLynn
    CynLynnover 4 years ago

    wonderful image of this fantastic creature! I have so many by my hiome in Ohio. Excellent work!

  • Thank you so very much, I really appreciate your kind comments, I am sorry it has taken me so long to say thank you,

    – AnnDixon

  • sigfusson
    sigfussonover 4 years ago

    Wow, excellent capture Ann – such bizaare looking creatures. Cheers, S.

  • Thank you so very much Sandra, I really appreciate your kind comments, I am sorry it has taken me so long to say thank you,

    – AnnDixon

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourover 4 years ago

    OH Ann this is a stunning capture,
    very well spotted.

    Malcolm

  • Thank you so very much Malcolm, I really appreciate your kind comments, I am sorry it has taken me so long to say thank you,

    – AnnDixon

  • RollZLX
    RollZLXover 4 years ago

    Great close up.

  • Thank you so very much, I really appreciate your kind comments, I am sorry it has taken me so long to say thank you,

    – AnnDixon

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