There are around 1.800 species of Praying Mantis around the world.
The Praying Mantis is an insect that has been the subject of curiosity for centuries due to its strange posture and predatory behavior, even after sexual intercourse.
The most striking feature of the Praying Mantis is its front legs that make the insect look like it is praying, which earned it its name.
The insect uses its front legs to grab and hold onto its prey, and its powerful jaws can destroy other insects such as the asian giant hornet in a matter of seconds.
The Praying Mantis is found in many different habitats. They are generally found in the warmer regions, particularly in tropical and subtropical latitudes. Most species live in the rain forest, although others can be found in deserts, grasslands, and grasslands.
Some fun facts about her.
Although different species of Praying Mantis have varied lifespans, they generally live up to a year. This year, only six months are spent as an adult and They are 2,5 to 15 inches (1 to 6 centimeters) long, depending on the species.
They have six legs, two antennae, and triangular heads with bulging eyes supported by flexible necks.
Most adult Praying Mantis have wings (some species do not). Females generally cannot fly on their wings, but males can.
When this insect feels threatened like other animals, it seeks to intensify its presence by standing upright, extending its limbs and spreading its wings in a fan shape.
Mimicry, your secret weapon to surprise your prey.
Within the world of insects the Praying Mantis is at the top of the food chain; but above it there are those who crave it. And being undetected is your best defense.
Praying Mantis have many different appearances, including some that feature elaborate camouflage to protect themselves from predators, among which are the bats.
Some have amazing body shapes that make them look like leaves, branches, or flowers.
Green is the most common color for a Praying Mantis. However, it can come in a range of brown tones and colors to blend in with its surroundings.
Flower Mantis are those species of Praying Mantis that mimic flowers. Their coloration is an example of aggressive mimicry, a form of camouflage in which the colors and patterns of predators attract their prey. For example, the Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) is characterized by bright coloration and a structure finely adapted for camouflage, mimicking parts of the orchid flower.
Praying Mantis have as many senses as we do; sight, smell, taste, feeling and hearing. However, they mostly depend on sight. Its sense of sight is amazing compared to the abilities of other insects.
Why is the Praying Mantis such a good hunter?
A praying mantis has 5 eyes! A mantis has large compound eyes, which you will easily notice. But they also have three smaller eyes located in the middle of their head. Those eyes are used to detect light, while large eyes are used to see movement and have deep vision. Many other species of insects have the same five-eyed configuration.
They are one of the only types of insects that have stereoscopic vision; You can look with two eyes in the same place, allowing you to judge distances very accurately.
Their sense of hearing is weak, but very special in the world of insects. Almost all insects cannot hear like we can, they can only feel vibrations. But praying mantises actually have one ear, in the middle of their abdomen, that can feel the high tones of a bat! - They can rotate their heads 180 degrees in a full semicircle.
His voracity does not respect his partner.
In the animal kingdom there are examples of sexual cannibalism between species. The female black widow spider devours the male and is the reason it got its name, but it is not the only one. The Praying Mantis after copulating ends with the male after it fulfills its reproductive function.
This attitude is generally due to the fact that the female, knowing that she will need more nutrients in this new period, gets nutrients from the male immediately to prepare her body for the changes that are coming.