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Praying Mantis
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Praying Mantis

Mantids are often called praying mantids (or mantises) because of how they hold their forearms. With keen eyes, spiked raptorial legs, and masterful camouflage, they are formidable predators. These fierce carnivores seize insects in a flash — and eat them alive.

Discover why gardeners love mantids and why they’re unique in the bug kingdom.

National Geographic
Mantis Battle

Mantis Battle

Watch 2 giants of the bug world go head to head. Is the spiny leaf insect — with its heavy armor and chemical weapon — a threat to this mighty mantis? More...

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Monster Bug Wars
Smart Mantis

Smart Mantis

Want to take care of a virtual praying mantis? Have fun helping your insect pet find bugs and water. And don’t forget to clean its terrarium home. More...

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GirlsGames123
Giant Rainforest Mantis

Giant Rainforest Mantis

Like a stealthy ninja, the giant rainforest mantis can disguise itself in the jungle. Other insects don’t stand a chance against this strong-armed assassin. Take a look. More...

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Science Channel
Keeping Pet Mantids

Keeping Pet Mantids

Ever thought about keeping a praying mantid? It’s easy! Find out how to properly house and feed your insect pet. More...

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About.com
Mantid

Mantid

There are about 2,000 species of mantids. They all seize prey with their large, spined forelegs. Find more facts and be sure to view images and videos here, too. More...

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Encyclopedia Britannica
Order Mantodea: Mantids

Order Mantodea: Mantids

Explore the wide world of mantids in this huge image galley. Click on “Info” for details on these arthropods. More...

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BugGuide
Praying Mantids

Praying Mantids

A female mantid lays as many as 400 eggs, which survive the winter inside a hard shell. After hatching, the youngsters may eat each other. Learn more. More...

Article
University of Kentucky
Praying Mantises

Praying Mantises

Find out why these insect predators, which live in tropical and subtropical areas and in temperate parts of North America and Europe, are “husband eaters.” More...

Article
Sheppard Software
World’s Weirdest: Deadly Praying Mantis Love

World’s Weirdest: Deadly Praying Mantis Love

Who said love was fair? Mating is risky business for the male praying mantis. See what happens when this little fellow meets a receptive female. More...

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National Geographic

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