|Photo Credit: Chad Hudson|
I know these insects are easy to identify for most people but they do not cease to be fascinating. The quick reflexes of these ambush predators can help them to snag prey that is much larger in size than they are: birds, rodents, even snakes, frogs, and lizards. While they do their job cutting down on those pesky flies that bite us, they have an amazingly adaptable ability (say that three times fast) to attack much larger prey. There are over 2300 species of praying mantis throughout the world, and all have an extraordinary ability to find prey of all sizes. They are masters at camouflage, and some use bio-mimicry to fool their prey. Next time you are out in the woods, keep your eyes out for our tiny predatory friend, the praying mantis, or keep looking because shortly we'll be finding their egg deposits for the next generation.
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