ALL ABOUT THE MANTODEA

Betsy  Seeton

Denver, United States

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Mantodea (or mantises) is an order of insects that contains approximately 2,200 species in 15 families1 worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats." source wikipedia

I’d never seen one of these fascinating creatures until last fall when I ran across one two times in a week. What a treat! This was taken in Colorado, USA.

I have photos of holding this little fella. He was quite accommodating and friendly.

FUN FACTS:

The word “mantis” comes from the Greek word meaning prophet.

Praying mantis (aka preying mantis) eggs can be sold online and is popular among farmers who purchase them to control pests.

One mantis species in Spain, Apteromantis aptera, is actually considered as endangered.

The praying mantis is actually more closely related to termites and cockroaches than to grasshoppers!

It is believed that the female mantis will eat the male after mating since the protein helps in egg development.

The praying mantis has excellent eyesight and can see up to about 50 feet away.

The praying mantis is the only insect that can rotate its alien-like head almost completely around! House flies can tilt their head slightly but not to this degree. This flexibility helps with their hunting.

In French culture, the praying mantis can supposedly guide a lost child home.

In China, roasted praying mantis eggs were eaten to treat bedwetting!

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. But it is often spelled preying mantis and is googled this way almost as often as the correct spelling. Preying Mantis is in essence of the character of the insect and correctly describes its predatory nature.

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