The “Praying” Mantis

Today in our series of #Mastersofdisguise we are meeting an undeniably impressive insect – The praying mantis. Carnivorous and maser of camouflage, the praying mantis gets its name for the way their front legs are bent in a “praying” motion. Most mantis species are coloured green or brown so they can blend in with leaves and foliage which enables them to patiently stalk insects like flies and grasshoppers.

The "Praying" Mantis

The fearsome predators are capable of killing prey three times its size. Praying mantises feed on insects, mice, small turtles, and even snakes. Striking twice as fast as a blink of an eye, praying mantises will slowly devour the unfortunate prey with its ultra-sharp mandibles. The praying mantis is widely viewed as a beneficial insect as they eat many different types of insects that may be harmful to humans. 

One of the most fascinating aspects of praying mantises has to be the many ways the different species camouflage themselves from their prey. Species that live on the ground floor tend to be spotted brown while species that live in trees are most often green and leaf-like. The praying mantis, although extremely deadly, can be stunningly beautiful. The flower mantis for example mimics different species of flowers.

Isn’t that amazing usage of brain and beauty?