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Mantodea or mantises is an order of insects which contains approximately 2,000 species in 9 families worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats. Most of the species are in the family Mantidae. Historically, the term “mantid” was used to refer to any member of the order because for most of the past century, only one family was recognized within the order; technically, however, the term only refers to this one family, meaning the species in the other eight recently-established families are not mantids, by definition (i.e., they are empusids, or hymenopodids, etc.), and the term “mantises” should be used when referring to the entire order. A colloquial name for the order is “praying mantises”, because of the typical “prayer-like” stance. The term is often mis-spelled as “preying mantis”, and this an eggcorn since mantises are notoriously predatory. The word mantis is Greek for “prophet” or “fortune teller”. In Europe, the name “praying mantis” refers to only a single species, Mantis religiosa. The closest relatives of mantises are the orders Isoptera (termites) and Blattodea (cockroaches), and these three groups together are sometimes ranked as an order rather than a superorder.
About 20 species are native to the United States, including the common Carolina mantis, and only one in Canada. Two species (the Chinese mantis and the European Mantis) were deliberately introduced to serve as pest control for agriculture, and have spread widely in both countries. While it is legal to keep native mantises as pets or to sell egg cases for gardening, non-native species are illegal to possess and release in the United States, under the Non Native Invasive Species Act of 1992.(wiki)


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  • Rosie Appleton
    Rosie Appletonover 5 years ago

    Very cool :-D well done!

  • Hello Rosie : )) Thank you so much for commenting!! I really appreciate it : ))))

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  • FelicityB
    FelicityBover 5 years ago

    I think these little guys are really cute :) Your macro is amazing!

  • hello Felicity : )) Thank you so much! I am glad you like these little guys .. They are one of my favs!! : )))

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  • Anne Smyth
    Anne Smythover 5 years ago

    wonderful capture!

  • Thank you so very much Anne : ))

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  • barnsis
    barnsisover 5 years ago

    Amazing macro beautiful image.

  • hello Byron : )) Thank you so very much for commenting .. Love my Mantises!!

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  • Jeannette Sheehy
    Jeannette Sheehyover 5 years ago

    they’re weird looking close up…like aliens…really cool photos Mar :)

  • Hello JLS : )) Thank you ever so : )))) DOB 4ever : )

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  • Nic Relton
    Nic Reltonover 5 years ago

    Great page M. I really like it! These pics are cool!!! Mantids are AMAZING!!! :)

  • Jeff Palm Photography
    Jeff Palm Phot...over 5 years ago

    Marleia fantastic work!! excellent macro!

  • Hey you : )) Thank you so very much : ))

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  • www4gsus
    www4gsusover 5 years ago

    Absolutely killer shot Marleia!!!

  • hey Cristobal : )) Thank you for commenting on this one : ))

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  • Johanna  Rutter
    Johanna Rutterover 5 years ago

    awesome shot!!

  • Hello Johanna : )) Thank you so much for commenting on my Mantis : )))

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  • InPort
    InPortover 5 years ago

    G’day Marleia,

    You have managed to catch this magnificent Mantid wearing such a cheeky expression and in a very cheeky over-the-shoulder pose and have produced a very interesting technically and aesthetically good study, shot in good light.


  • Hello Dennis : )) What a wonderful comment : )) The main picture was chosen because of the over the shoulder “model” pose lol .. You saw that .. I love it!! Thank you so much for viewing my work : )))

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