Praying Mantis

praying mantis map

yellow is where praying mantis are located


  • Kingdom, Animal
  • Phylum, Arthropoda
  • Class, Insecta
  • Order, Dictyoptera
  • Family, Mantidae
  • Genus, Stagomantis

what they eat!!

when they are just born and small, praying mantis eat little flies but as the praying mantis matures and becomes bigger they eat small scorpions, lizards, frogs, birds, snakes, fish, and even rodents


They evolved from proto-cockroaches and Raphidiomimula burmitica are closely related. They have mantis like forelegs.


The praying mantis mates 90% of the time by the female eating the head of the male. the male may become more vigorous if they are releasing sperm. one study has seen Chinese mantis dancing for each other before mating.

How they move?

they are very fast when attacking prey, at the end of the cycle some mantis grow wings, sometimes they can fly but most times it helps with short burst or high jumps

interesting fact

0.5 to 6in long

Size relative to a tea cup

avg. life span is 12 months

the state insect of Connecticut

its not endangered in America but is threatened in other countries because of habitat destruction

Bats and hornets are there enemies