Praying Mantises

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Body

Praying mantises can get up to six inches long. Females are bigger than males. Praying mantises are either the size of a child's finger or bigger. There is a species in Asia that can get up to ten inches long. Praying mantises have strong jaws. Praying mantises have little feelers next to the jaws called palpi. Praying mantises also have sharp spines. They use their spines to catch prey. Praying mantises can see up to 60 feet away. Praying mantises have wings. Praying mantises have triangular heads. Praying mantises can turn their head side to side. They also can move their head up and down. Praying mantises have three main body parts: The thorax, the head and the abdomen. Part of the thorax looks like a neck. Praying mantises usually move slowly. Praying mantises can be pink, white, green or brown. Praying mantises are usually brown or green. Praying mantises fold their legs together like their praying.
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Food

Praying mantises eat insects or small animals. Mostly adult praying mantises eat small animals. Praying mantises attack so fast that human eyes can't see. Praying mantises clean themselves after they eat. Praying mantises usually eat the head first. The female usually eats the male. If the male does not get eaten it goes to another female.
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Life Cycle

Praying mantises have three stages. The first stage is egg. The eggs look like their wooden but are not wooden. Praying mantises hatch in spring. The second stage is nymph. Praying mantises become a nymph when they hatch. The nymphs don't have wings. The last stage is adult. Adults get wings. Adults eat small animals and insects. When a female and a male mate the female sometimes eats the male.
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Different Species

There is 1,800 kinds of praying mantises in the world. There is a specie of praying mantises in Asia that can get up to ten inches. Some praying mantis species are two different colors. Some species like orchid mantises are pink or white. In some countries praying mantises are larger or different colors.

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Protection

Praying mantises protect their selves with camouflage. Praying mantises have different camouflage. Some when camouflage look like flowers. Some look like sticks. Some look like leaves. Some even look like bushes or trees or tree bark. Sometimes praying mantises put up their wings to scare their enemies away.
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