Praying Mantis Facts

Praying Mantis Facts

Praying Mantis Facts:  Learn About this Giant Insect

Praying Mantis FactsI have always been fascinated by the Praying Mantis. As far as insects go, the Praying Mantis is one of the biggest, and most fierce! Some people are scared of them. They are a little scary looking, but I like them. They are good for my garden and take care of the pests in my yard. Here are some interesting Praying Mantis Facts, and information about this insect that might be lurking in your yard.

Named for the position of their front legs, the Praying Mantis is one of the most predatory insects.

Praying_mantis by paparutzi, on Flickr

 

Praying Mantis Egg Casing

praying mantis egg casingPeople often see these egg casings in their bushes and trees and wonder what they are. The female Praying Mantis lays her eggs in the fall, and they hatch in spring or early summer when the weather warms. The adults live for 10-12 months and die during cold weather.

011 mantis egg case by GO Photo2010, on Flickr

 

 

Praying Mantis Egg Casing – Facts About How Praying Mantises are Born

Praying Mantis Egg Casings and How Baby Praying Mantis are BornHere are a few facts about the Praying Mantis egg casing. The female Praying Mantis builds an egg casing attached to a sturdy twig or branch. The egg casings are loaded with hundreds of eggs that hatch into tiny insects that resemble full grown Praying Mantis. You can purchase egg casings so that you have Praying Mantis in your yard to eat pests in your garden.

Eggs are laid in the fall and hatch in the spring or early summer when the weather warms. The babies are vulnerable to preditors when they first hatch. They make an easy meal for birds, so they hide in bushes and plants.

Egg casings also make fun school projects or homeschooling lessons.

The Greenery Nursery, on Flickr

 

Juvenile Praying Mantis

This juvenile Praying Mantis Nymph is newly hatched. When they are young they look like the adults and can be brown or green. If you see lots of them together, they have probably just come out of the egg casing.

praying mantis juvenile, Mantis religiosa by gr8dnes, on Flickr

Pet Praying Mantis

Keeping a praying mantis for a pet is a wonderful way for the budding entomologist to learn about this creature. Kids of all ages can learn facts about the Praying Mantis and see how they progress through their life cycle.

You can purchase egg casings so that you can watch the praying mantis’s life cycle.

Praying Mantises Will Eat Each Other: Fact or Fiction – Keep reading to find out!

Praying Mantis eating a house flyPraying Mantises are formidable predators! This Praying Mantis has caught a beetle in its front legs. Their front legs are covered with a serrated coating so they can grasp their prey. They will eat moths, beetles, bugs, crickets, and grasshoppers. Praying Mantises look like leaves and blend into green bushes so they can ambush unsuspecting critters.

Yes it is a fact that Praying Mantises will even eat each other! The female praying mantis is known for eating the male during mating.

Praying Mantises can turn their heads 180 degrees so they can easily spot their prey.

native praying mantis by Mollivan Jon, on Flickr

Can you see it?

Praying Mantis Facts - Changing colors to camoflage itself to hide from predators

Photo by Author

Praying Mantises are very good at blending in with their surroundings making them difficult to see. This praying mantis is hiding in my flower pot with marigolds and sweet potato vine. It looks like a leaf or twig making it difficult for predators to see them.

 

 

Praying mantis waiting in a hanging basket of flowers, hoping for dinner to come nearby

Photo by author.

 

Interesting Praying Mantis Facts

  1. Praying Mantises have 5 eyes! They have the two large compound eyes that you can see, and they have 3 smaller ones between the 2 big ones.
  2. Praying Mantises are carnivores meaning that they eat meat.
  3. Praying Mantises are beneficial insects, because they eat pests that are in the garden.
  4. The largest Praying Mantis ever found was 18″ long!
  5. Larger Praying Mantises have been known to eat small reptiles and even birds.
  6. A Praying Mantis doesn’t get wings until the end of its life cycle on his final molt.
  7. A Praying Mantises biggest predator is the bat.
  8. In Africa praying mantises are thought to be good luck if they land on you.
  9. African Bushmen thought that praying mantises are divine messengers.
  10. The size of the Praying Mantis is from .5″ – 6″. In my area, they are larger late in the summer.
  11. Praying Mantises live for about a year.
Brown Praying Mantis

Brown Praying Mantis

Praying Mantises can be either green or brown. In my area they seem to be brown later in the summer. In this close up photo you can see the jagged edges on the front legs. These are perfect for grasping and holding prey.

Praying Mantis by audreyjm529, on Flickr

 

Author

I write from a tiny town in rural Maryland. I enjoy crafting, especially scrapbooking, card making, rubberstamping, and creating with the Cricut. When not in my craft room, you can find me in my garden or planting flowers when the weather is warm.

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