The Mighty Praying Mantis

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Size compared to a teacup

Just some basic facts to get you started

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Different Types of Praying Mantis

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The Life Cycle

The praying mantis has three life stages: egg, nymph, and adult. The praying mantis is classified as a hemimetabolic. Rather than significantly changing shape after metamorphosis, the praying mantis just grows larger until its final size is achieved and its wings develop.

EGG CASE : Adult female praying mantis lays 100 to 400 eggs after fertilization. They will stay protected through the winter and in mid-spring when the temperatures are warm, the nymphs will hatch when the egg cases crack.

NYMPHS: During development, the nymphs shed off their exoskeleton through a process called molting to allow development of body segments leading to an increase in body size. Molting takes place about six times before they can begin the next stage life.

ADULT: Full-grown mantises are normally between 1 to 6 inches in length, and are different in size depending on their species.

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Anatomy

Adult insects have common basic structures. The insect body has three main parts.These are the head, thorax, and abdomen. Each of these sections bear appendages like the antennae, mouth parts , and legs. The shape and size of appendages are modified depending on their use. Generally, the Mantis, like many insects, has a body divided into three parts (head, thorax, and abdomen), six legs, wings, two antennae,compound eyes, and a rigid exoskeleton.

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Importance

Praying mantises play an important role in the environment and to the ecosystem. They are very important and beneficial to farmers since they feed on pests, hence, controlling the growth of their population and preventing any harm that they can cause on the crops as well as to the plants at home.

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So love your praying mantis and welcome them into your garden

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