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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Order:Mantodea
Family:Mantidae
Genus:unavailable
Genus species:unavailable

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:5-15 cm
Identification:The praying mantis is usually green or brown. The front legs are held together in a 'praying' position, and there are spikes on the front of its legs.
Diet:Carnivore: insects, large mantises hunt small reptiles and birds
Reproduction:Eggs begin hatching when the weather starts to warm (usually April or May). The larvae are full adults with wings by August.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Some species of praying mantis have a hollow body chamber. It is believed that this chamber may help the insect detect bats, its main predator. After mating, the female praying mantis will often eat the male.

Other Information

Geographic:Worldwide Date:1958-1988 Subjects:insect
Praying mantis (unidentified)
Praying mantis
Mantis (Genus)
Mantidae
Mantodea
Insects
Arthropoda
Invertebrates