The Praying Mantis
So holy it don't need church! By: Olivia Gorom
Praying Mantis Sheds its Skin
Skeletal And Muscular
Skeletal System of Baby Praying Mantis'
Mantis babies an exoskeleton, which is a skeleton on the outside of its body. These skeletons are flexible and allow for some growth, yet they themselves do not grow. When the insect baby becomes too large, it sheds the exoskeleton and forms a new one. The process of losing the exoskeleton is called molting.
Little mantis' will lose this exoskeleton up to ten times, depending on the type of mantis they are. Every time they molt they grow more, until they are as large as they will become.
The Nervous System
Mantis' use Nervous System to Catch Prey
When catching prey, the mantis turns its head and causes a message to be sent to the central nervous system which sends a signal to the forelegs about the distance and size it's victim. This allows for precision in deciding the range and time at which to strike.
Mantids in Books!
- In many mantids the location for nerve tissues is in the insects abdomen.
- Mantids have a Tympanic structure for sound detection.
The Mantids can force exhalation by closing some of their spiracles and flexing their abdomens.
The Mantids have What?!
Open Circulatory System
Excretory and Digestion Systems
Picky Praying Mantis
prey, or prey that is moving, and appears alive. Mantids are diurnal, which means they eat
primarily during the day. An attacking mantid "undulates", and sways just
before a strike.
you can see what diet preferences are. Some species only eat "soft bodied
bugs", insects that can be easily devoured. While some species will eat
anything from small birds to reptiles.
Reproduction for the Praying Mantis
A Whole Lot of WORKS CITED
Reproductive Works Cited
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Circulatory System Works Cited
Works Cited for Respiratory System
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Works Cited For Nervous System
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