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European Praying Mantis

Mantis religiosa


"Although a carnivore and an impressive predator, this mantis is completely harmless to humans and a beneficial species in that it eats many harmful insects, including the gypsy moth caterpillar, many aphids, flies, mites, grasshoppers and, when an individual comes upon another mantis, will show cannibalistic behavior. Thus, European mantises are solitary insects, coming together to mate only once a year. Females are known to eat the males after mating. " (Source: Encyclopedia of Life -


"A variety of habitats, but seems to prefer sunny areas of green growth dominated by shrubbery or herbaceous plants." (Source:


Accidentally introduced into the US on nursery stock from Southern Europe in 1899.

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Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

You are for sure going to have fun here Miguel!

Miguel.Denyer 9 years ago

Thanks for the welcome Ava... as an amateur nature photographer, I think I'm going to have fun in here!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

Welcome to Project Noah, Miguel.Denyer.

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Van Buren Township, Michigan, USA

Spotted on Jul 12, 2012
Submitted on Jul 14, 2012

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