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Mantis facts

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1. The scientific name is: Mantodea.

2. About 430 kinds and over 2,300 species of mantis are known.

3. Mantis is an insect belonging to the winged podgromady, which most often occur in the tropical and subtropical zone.

Author: AC

4. The female praying mantis feels threatened, spreads legs and sets up so that it seems larger. This is to scare the attacker.

5. A male praying mantis, the threat most often flies away.

Author: Marta

6. A female mantis in autumn lays eggs and then dies.

Author: LM

7. Mantis are closely related to termites and cockroaches.

8. It is the most often housed insect in the home as a pet.

Author: Dosia

9. In honor of the mantis, one of the traditional styles of kung fu was named.

10. The mantis’ ear placed in the trunk (between legs) can pick up ultrasounds.

Author: Ilona

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Mantis questions

Where did the name of the mantis come from?

This insect, with its body arrangement, resembles a person with folded hands for prayer.

Answer: Marta


How to distinguish a male from a female?

The sex of the mantis is determined by the number of segments on the abdomen. The female has 6 and male 7-8.

Answer: Marta


Does a female always eat a male after copulation?

This happens only when the male approaches the female from the front, is the end of the mating season and lacks food. A chance of devouring depending on the research is estimated from 5 to 30%.

Answer: Marta


How much does a mantis live?

The male lives about 3 months and the female lives 5 to 10 months.

Answer: Marta


What is the size of a mantis?

The male is 4 to 6 cm long and the female is 8 cm long.

Answer: Marta


What do mantis eat?

Mantis eat smaller creatures, mainly flies, butterflies, moths, small spiders.

Answer: Marta


How much does a praying mantis for home breeding cost?

The prices start from 1 $ for a tiny one, the size of an ant, up to 40 $ for an adult female.

Answer: Marta