Indian Praying Mantis: The Master of Disguise.





Interesting Facts about:

COMMON NAME: Praying Mantis

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Mantis religiosa

TYPE: Invertebrates

DIET: Carnivore

AVERAGE LIFE SPAN IN THE WILD: 1 years

SIZE: 0.5 to 6 inches long


  • During mating, the praying mantis female bites off the male head... and then devours his corpse for nourishment.
  • Praying mantises have bulging eyes and heads that can swivel 180 degrees.
  • The praying mantis cleans its forelegs after eating. 
  • The praying mantis eats nothing but live food, mostly insects.
  • Praying Mantids will usually live from spring to fall. 
  • The longest a Mantis will live is around 1 year. 
  • Praying mantises have no venom and cannot sting. Nor do they carry any infectious diseases.
  • The Chinese mantis is a long, slender, brown, and green praying mantis. It is typically longer than other praying mantis species reaching just over 11 cm (4.3 in), and is the largest mantis species in North America (spread throughout the Northeast United States).
  • Nymphs (baby mantises) like to eat small insects like aphids or small flies. What do larger praying mantises eat? Larger praying mantises will eat caterpillars, moths, flies, crickets, bees, wasps, butterflies, grasshoppers, beetles, spiders, and even small frogs.

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