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Using their forelegs,mantids wipe their eyes and heads and then clean their forelegs with their mouths. They do the same with their antennae and middle and hind legs. Mantids generally are large, ranging in size from 0.5 in (1 cm) to more than 6.8 in (16.8 cm). Females usually are larger than males, sometimes twice their size.
Mantids are terrestrial and inhabit in rainforests, dry forests, grasslands, and deserts.
In temperate regions, mantids complete one entire life cycle per season. Mantids that frequent flowers in search of prey typically are yellow, white, pink or light green.