Foldscopic views of Praying mantis (Legs and Antennae)

The Praying mantis (Mantis religiosa) is a most interesting and enjoyable beneficial insect to have around the garden and farm. It is large, much elongated, slow-moving insect with fore legs fitted for seizing and holding insect prey. Praying mantids have long necks topped by a triangular head. It is the only known insect that can turn its head 180 degrees and look over its shoulder. They’re well-camouflaged, adapting colors that help them blend with plants. Their front legs have rows of sharp spines to help them hold on to their prey, which they usually begin to eat head first. Mantis lie in wait for their food and when close enough, snap it up with a lightning movement of their strong forelegs.

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