Do you know how does the mantid catch its prey? Let’s get some knowledge about it. The mantid stands completely motionless in wait for unwary insects. The head and upper part of its body are held in an upright position and the large front legs are folded, almost as if the insect was praying.
How does the mantid catch its prey
(This is why they are sometimes called Praying Mantids.) The legs have sharp spines along their length and are jointed so that they can snap closed in a vice-like grip.
Once an unfortunate insect strays within the long reach of these specially adapted forelegs, then rapidly devoured. Mantids are greedy carnivores and feed on most insects including other mantids.
Where do mandits, stick insects and leaf insects come from?
Mantids are found in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. There is a european species which has been introduced into North America where it has become well established.
The Flower Mantid of South-east Asia, sometimes called the Orchid Mantid, comes mainly from Malaysia and Indonesia, but species that resemble flowers are also found in Africa.
There are about 2,000 stick insects and leaf insect and most come from tropical Oriental areas. However, some types are found in both northern Europe and North America.
The stick insects you may keep in your classroom as pets are probably form the orient and would not survive outdoors during a cold winter.
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