The praying mantis is one of those insects that does not get attention very often. This is why MusicSnake Magazine have put together a list of thirteen interesting facts on this beautiful animal, so here you go.
Praying Mantis Facts:
Number One: They Have Poor Hearing. Praying mantises eyes may be fantastic but their hearing is less than mediocre. With just one ear, which is on the underside of its belly, that is not too surprising. It can’t determine the direction of sound either.
Number Two: Their Palate Is Interesting. You would think that the praying mantis is a plant eater, but it isn’t. It actually prefers to eat spiders, grasshoppers, beetles, crickets and small vertebrates like tree frogs, lizards, and mice.
Number Three: The Insects Like To Blend In. Like so many other insects, camouflage is a defense mechanism for the praying mantis. They can change color to match their environment, keeping them out of harms way.
Number Four: The Insects Have Human-Like Vision. A mantises neck may be unique, but their eyes are too. Out of all insects, they are the only ones who have 3D vision like humans.
Number Five: Their Legs Do More Than Pray. A praying mantises legs may look like posing is their only job, but there is so much more to it than that. Praying Mantises use their legs to hold and kill their prey by extending its arms to grab the insect. Sharp spines help hold the capture in place which can help if mantises go after bigger animals, such as frogs, birds and lizards.
Number Six: Their Life Spans Are Extremely Short. Some insects luck out and get to lead long lives, but not the praying mantis. Most females will die soon after laying their eggs and males will die after they are one year old. The most common months to see them are September and October.
Number Seven: Praying Mantis Are Fairly Flexible. They are not usually known for their flexibility. The praying mantises are the exception to this with their ability to turn 180 degrees. They can do this because of a flexible joint between the head and prothorax that lets them swivel their heads.
Number Eight: They Have A Role In Folklore. There are often stories about an animals origin in folklore stories. For the mantis, he was a Bushman who would dream up solutions to his problems in his sleep.
Number Nine: Praying Mantis Skin Is Quite Unique. As a praying mantis goes through its three stages of life, it must molt its skin every so often. This is because its skin does not actually grow with it, so it must be changed. This happens periodically but especially between the nymph (teenager) and adult stages.
Number Ten: Its Name Can Be Spelled Two Different Ways. There is the prAying mantis and then there is the prEying mantis. Both are the same animal, but the name has a different meaning. Preying Mantis is the essence of the character of the insect and correctly describes its predatory nature.
Number Eleven: They Like Warm Weather. You won’t find this insect in cold spots. Of the 2,000 known species only 18 are native to North America, the rest hail from the tropics.
Number Twelve: Praying Mantis Females Can Be A Bit Violent. One rule of thumb, do not anger a female praying mantis! The reason for this is they have been known to eat any man who irritates them, sometimes even beheading them.
Number Thirteen: They Aren’t Picky About Their Food. If a praying mantis is hungry, whether the food choice is a good or bad bug will not be a question. They will gladly consume both, even if the bug is helpful in the garden. Thanks for reading!
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