Common praying mantids

M any members of this family vary very little in appearance, and most have green or brown coloration. I nlikc families such as the flower mantids (sec opposite), the wings of common praying mantids are seldom patterned, although they may have wing-spots.

• I,IEE CYCLE The female praying mantid is famed for eating the male after mating. I lowever, although mating can be dangerous for the smaller males, they are cautious and are seldom eaten by their partners in the wild. Anything from a few dozen to a couple of hundred eggs are laid. The eggs are surrounded by a papery or foamlike egg case.

• ()( X :i RRENi :E Worldwide, mainly in warmer regions. On any kind of vegetation where there is a good supply of prey.

large darker atea on hindwings

1)1 roriatys 1)1 siccata has brown wings that make it a highly convincing mimic of dead leaves when at rest. If disturbed, these mantids hold up parted front legs in a threat display that reveals bright spots on the inside of the legs.

camouflage coloration green with brown tinge.

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