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 ca... More »

The Giant Asian praying mantis, also known as Hierodula membranacea, is a large winged insect of the mantidae animal family. Males can grow to be 3 inches long, whereas females can reach closer to 3.5 inches. The referen... More »

The praying mantis is not poisonous. Mantises tend to get a bad reputation due to their unusual physical and reproductive traits, but they are mostly harmless unless bothered. More »

There are no federal laws that make it illegal to kill a praying mantis, but there are some states or counties that impose fines for killing these insects. While it may not be completely illegal, it is not a good idea be... More »

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. More »

Young praying mantids molt about ten times as they grow toward adulthood. After each molt, the mantis is a pure white color and looks like an albino. However, the white coloration only lasts a short period of time and so... More »

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 the... More »