Preying mantis

Mantis religiosa.

Confuse with other little insects.

Preying mantis is an order of insects that contains over 2,400 valid species and about 430 generations in 15 families worldwide in temperatures and tropical habitats. Most of the species are in the family.


By any name, these fascinating insects are formidable predators. They have triangular heads poised on a long "neck," or elongated thorax. Mantids can turn their heads 180 degrees to scan their surroundings with two large compound eyes and three other simple eyes located between them.


Praying mantids are highly predacious and feed on a variety of insects, including moths, crickets, grasshoppers and flies. They lie in wait with the front legs in an upraised position. They intently watch and stalk their prey. They will eat each other.


A praying mantis is an animal which lives in the tropical. They can be hard to see because some look like they are leaves.