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Are praying mantises a protected species?

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As of 2013, there are approximately 2,000 known species of praying mantis in the United States, none of which are endangered. It has never been illegal to kill a praying mantis in any US states, and, as of 2014, there is no fine for killing the praying mantis.

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The praying mantis gets its name from the way it holds their front legs in a praying position while at rest. They are often seen as beneficial insects because they eat pests that can destroy a home garden. While there are no laws as of 2014 that prevent people for killing them, there is no reason to kill these beneficial insects. Two states in the US have a praying mantis as their state insects: Connecticut and South Carolina.

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    What are some facts about the praying mantis?

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    The praying mantis is an insect found all over the world. The most eye-catching feature of the praying mantis are its front legs that make the insect look like it is praying. The insect uses its grasping front legs to capture and hold its prey. The praying mantis is harmless to humans but very beneficial to farmers, as it eats crop-destroying insects. The praying mantis lays its eggs in masses insulated with a foamy material in the winter.

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    Are praying mantises harmful to humans?

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    According to Encyclopædia Britannica, praying mantises feed exclusively on insects, and they are harmless to humans. No known venomous species of mantis exists. Although their appearance may be frightening, mantises are uninterested in humans.

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    What does a praying mantis eat?

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    Praying mantises eat insects. They are so good at it they are often released by farmers and gardeners as a form of organic pest control.

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    What is the purpose of a praying mantis cocoon?

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    The purpose of a praying mantis cocoon is to protect the eggs the female deposits after mating. Female praying mantises deposit from 10 to 400 eggs, depending on the species. As the eggs are laid, a white foam covers them and hardens to form the protective cocoon.

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