Praying Mantis

My Home: I am found in warm climates on
bushes, trees, houses or any structure
where I can find another insect for a
meal.

What I eat: I eat other insects.

What I look like: I can be green or brown, and
range 2 to 3 inches in length. I have a triangular
shaped head with a long torso and grasshopper type
back legs. My front legs have spines and are held
upright when I am still, which makes it look
like I am praying.

How I am born: I go through three
stages of development: egg, nymph and
adult. The female lays an egg case in the
fall that contains up to 300 eggs. I hatch in the
spring and emerge as a nymph, resembling a miniature
adult, except without wings. I will develop into an adult by
molting, shedding my skin. As an adult, my lifespan is
less than a year.

  
  Fun Facts
They are the
only insects
that can
turn their head
side-to-side 180
degrees. Their eyes
can see movement
up to 60 feet away.
The praying mantis
bites the back of the neck of its victim to paralyze
it before eating it. There are over 1,500 species of
the praying mantis worldwide.