A praying mantis is so named because of the way the front legs are positioned; these legs appear to be held like hands in prayer. Most mantises belong to the mantidae family of insects and are found in warm or tropical climates.
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.
The praying mantis can fly, but this ability depends on a variety of factors. Whether a praying mantis can fly depends on its species, weight, gender and stage of life.
In African culture, a praying mantis is a sign of good luck if it lands on a person, and some tribes believe the insect supplies fire and brings the dead to life. African bushmen call the praying mantis "Hottentotsgot," which means "god."
Baby praying mantises eat prey that is similar to those eaten by adult praying mantises, including insects and other invertebrates. However, because the hatchlings are much smaller than the adults are, they must concentrate on much smaller prey species. Common prey for ...
Praying mantis species are carnivorous and primarily feed on other insects, such as butterflies, moths, grasshoppers and crickets. However, adult mantids aren't picky and eat rodents, birds, reptiles, frogs and much more as well.
A praying mantis can bite, but its bite is not powerful enough to harm a human. The praying mantis bite is not poisonous or lethal.