Most species of the Praying Mantis are not endangered and many are kept as pets. They are also good to have in your yard as they will eat other insects. Although they sit still a lot and look slow, they are extremely fast when they move to attack their prey. There are over 2,000 species of praying mantis.
Today’s insect of the day is a pregnant Praying Mantis. This week I have shared posts about spiders and butterflies that my daughter and I had conversations over. Last evening my grandson came running up to me with the same excitement and intense interest sparkling in his eyes that she had as a child. My heart is so full with love and pride. He brought me a pregnant Praying Mantis and was using such care and protection for her “belly full of babies”, as he stated. At one point she even jumped onto his face and he didn’t panic but instead gently scooped her from his nose and placed her on my hibiscus tree.
Although the female praying mantis is known for devouring the male’s head during mating, the fact is that this cannibalism occurs only rarely and only among a few species. Praying mantises (Hierodula patellifera) belongs to the order Mantodea, in 15 families and 2,400 known species.
Praying mantis eggs hatch after three to six months; the young hang from their oothecae until their skins harden. These nymphs have incomplete metamorphosis, which means they look like tiny adults. Their wings will gradually form, appearing full after their final molt. As adults they’ll live about a year.
Please enjoy the links I have attached if you would like to learn more about the incredible Praying Mantis. We were able to create a short video of our mom to be friend. Very cool stuff for a GG and her Grandson to share with each other and you. Enjoy