close up shot of a praying mantis

Praying Mantis: Ninjas Of The Wild

The Praying Mantis is a rare and endangered species typically found in tropical or subtropical regions. However, some can be found in grasslands, deserts, and meadowlands. Based on where this organism lives they can have a different color, body shape, and much more. Within this group of organisms, there are about 2,400 different types of species! The general features of a Mantis include two bulb-shaped eyes, a mandible, large triangular-shaped heads, a long thin thorax connected to a thicker abdomen. Since they are defined as insects they have six appendages but, the forelegs are adapted for hunting. They are equipped with joints that allow them to grab onto their prey with sharp, blade-like arms.

One of the defining characteristics between a male and female is that the female is much larger and more dominant. Due to the female body being so much larger it is unable to fly while the male can. During reproduction, the female will also dominate the male. This includes grabbing the male and eating it for nutrients after mating has finished. The other major physical difference between a female and male praying mantis is the number of abdominal segments. The male will have six segments while the female has eight. This is a much easier way to distinguish the two in nature.

Though the Praying Mantis is a very unique-looking organism, they are not one you should mess with. They are extremely defensive animals. They will fight and win against most small animals and insects. This is not beneficial, however. The Praying Mantis will often prey on many beneficial animals to the environment and can actually do more harm than good.

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