Body Plan: Elongated body, reportorial front legs, 2 pairs of wings, large compound eyes.
Life cycle: Mating is direct, in some species the female will attack and eat the male during or after mating, females lay eggs in foamy substance, egg case may contain up to 400 eggs.
Distribution: common in tropical and subtropical climates
Human connections: Many gardeners encourage the growth of praying m,antis eggs because they prey upon harmful insects.
Common Name: Praying Mantis
Scientific Name: Mantis religiosa
Features: Filiform antennae, triangular head, front wings thickened, short cerci, prothorax elongated, compound eyes
Where is it a problem? Although the mantis will feast on harmful insects in gardens, it will also feast on beneficial insects. This is a problem for people in subtropical areas where they grow their own food.
This organism attacks living insects, such as moths roaches, and small rodents, like frogs, snakes, and birds.
Insects are mostly at risk because praying mantis are carnivorous. However they are not harmful to humans.
The praying mantis hunt by waiting quietly for approaching prey or stalking its prey.
They can be found in warmer climates and appear during mid fall when the females lay their eggs
The mantis is not harmful towards human however the tiny spikes on their legs make it feel sharp when handled.