Praying Mantids

Praying Mantids

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Praying mantids are slender insects with triangular heads, large eyes, and a huge pair of front legs. Their name refers to the fact that when they fold their extra-large front legs, it looks like they are praying. Praying mantids are excellent hunters. They stalk, kill, and eat arthropods, small frogs, and lizards. They even prey on other praying mantids! They grab their prey with the spines and hooks of their giant front legs and begin eating with powerful, crushing jaws. If they were as large as a lions or tigers, they would be among the most frightening creatures on Earth.