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Posted by on Jun 29, 2012 in Blog, Essays | 0 comments

Masters of Disguise: 7 Facts About the Praying Mantis


Although their names make them sound like a prophet, a praying mantis is a known carnivore. If you see them up close, the praying mantis got its name from their unique posture. Don’t be deceived by their appearance and size, they’re deadly predators. They even eat their partners after mating! If you want to know more about these majestic insects, then you came to the right article. Though they are small in size, the praying mantis holds a lot of wonders. Here are some praying mantis facts that will amaze you: 


Some praying mantis can fly

Technically, some of the mantids can fly. However, not in a way other insects and animals do. They can only fly on short distances. If you see them leaping from one point to another, that’s a mantid flying in action. Only adult male mantids can do this. Female mantids have smaller wings compared to the male mantis. There are also other factors to consider if a mantid can fly, like their species and weight. 


They only have one ear 

It has been debunked that mantids are deaf. Because of having one ear, mantids have a weak sense of hearing. Their ear is located in the between of their hind legs, in the middle of the chest. Most of the time, they use their sense of hearing to spot if a bat is about to prey on them. 


A praying mantis can turn their heads 180 degrees

This may be one of the creepiest facts about mantis since they are the only insects that can do that. This is helpful when it comes to hunting and detecting other predators. 

Farmers and gardeners love them

If you like taking care of plants, then you’re going to be fond of the praying mantis. Often called the ‘preying’ mantis, they usually devour other insects for sustenance. They usually eat pests that are harmful to plants like moths, flies, grasshoppers, and crickets. Mantids are practically harmless for men. Some even kept them as pets even though they only live for one year. 

The praying mantis is a carnivore

They may mimic plants and flowers for their own protection, but the praying mantis is actually a carnivore. You already know that they eat other praying mantises when mating. However, they can attack other insects and animals that are twice their size. They can also hunt for mice, hummingbirds, and lizards. 

There are over 2,300 mantis species

Yes, you’ve read that right! A person would encounter mantids a handful of times in their life. It’s fascinating to know that there are more than a thousand mantid species out there. The largest praying mantis ever recorded was around 18 centimeters in length. Some of the coolest mantids out there are the Orchid mantis, Idolomantis Diabolica, Iris Oratoria, and the Chinese mantis. 

Martial art was developed based on the movement of the praying mantis 

This is called the Praying Mantis Kung Fu. It is a Chinese martial art divided into two factions: the Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu style and the Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu style. The technique mimics the hand position of the praying mantis. 


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