Facts related to Mantis

Mantidae (also known as praying mantis) is the common name for an insect of the order Mantodea which are mostly tropical or subtropical. The insect is named after the distinctive way they hold their front legs up and together as in a prayer and in Greek the word “mantis” means prophet or fortune teller. There are about 1,800 species of praying mantis around the world. Mantis is relatively young compared to other ancient insects. The earliest fossil mantis date from the Cretaceous Period and are between 146-66 million years old.

These are unique among insects in their ability to turn their heads a full 180 degrees. These are closely related to cockroaches and termites. The praying mantis is a large insect that can be found in gardens and is a predatory species that is always on the prowl eating any insect that moves. he diet of praying mantis consists exclusively of small insects, rodents, frogs and hummingbirds, however grasshoppers are more typical fare but a praying mantis will eat anything it can catch. Female mantis sometimes eats their mates.

A praying mantis has two large, compound eyes that work together to help it decipher visual cues. But strangely, the praying mantis has just a single ear, located on the underside of its belly, just forward of its hind legs. This means the mantid cannot discriminate the direction of a sound, nor its frequency. They are one of the only kind of insect that has stereo-vision; it can look with two eyes at the same spot making it possible to judge distances very accurately.

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