Praying Mantises

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The praying mantis has a triangular head that sits atop its elongated thorax, and can typically be found ranging from two to four inches long. It can turn its head 180 degrees to scan its surroundings. It has two large eyes and three other simple eyes located in between them. It is known for rapidly grasping with its two spiked forelegs, which it uses to catch and securely hold prey. It is typically green or brown-colored and is well-camouflaged among the plants in which it lives.

For more information, please visit museum2.utep.edu/chih/theland/animals/invertebrates/insects/mantis.htm.

 

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