Mantophasmatodea By: Max Snowden

- The Mantophasmatodea had large eyes and spiked front legs for defense. It also has to long antenna to sense it's prey at night. It has a long segmented body with an average of 5 segments.

- The gladiator was discovered in 2001. It is closely related to the stick bug and praying mantis.

-The gladiator bug begins its life in a egg where it hatches in the winter months. They grow up and look for a mate, then proceed to lay eggs in small pods during the month of May. The eggs will then go on to hatch around 7 months later.

-The Gladiator bug is also known as the Mantophasmatodea.

Some features that make it stand out from others are its long antenna's and it's 5 segments on its body, and its last set of legs is held up in the air making it look like it is walking on its heels. They can vary in colors. Some have been brown, red, and sometimes yellow.

-The Gladiator bug is native to the south of Africa and Namibia.

http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/baldwin/webbugs/3005_5006/Docs/gladiators.pdf https://projects.ncsu.edu/cals/course/ent425/library/compendium/mantophasmatodea.html

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