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A praying mantid chewing on a piece of a grasshopper.
Praying mantids are voracious predators. They can take down large insects like cicadas.
This female mantid has just laid a clutch of eggs protected by a foam case. The foam hardens when it is exposed to the air.
Praying mantids mating. Females usually have a heavier abdomen and are larger than males.
The two front legs of mantids are highly specialized for grasping and holding prey.
Tropical mantids often display amazing colors and patterns.
When challenged, mantids will often assume a threat pose with both forelegs raised up in the air.
Praying mantids are insects in the superfamily Mantodea.
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