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Praying Mantis


"Mantodea (or mantises, mantes) is an order of insects that contains over 2,400 valid species and about 430 genera in 15 families worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats. Most of the species are in the family Mantidae." "The English common name for any species in the order is "praying mantis", because of the typical "prayer-like" attitude with folded fore-limbs, although the eggcorn "preying mantis" is sometimes used in reference to their predatory habits. In Europe and other regions, the name "praying mantis" refers to only a single species, Mantis religiosa. The closest relatives of mantises are the termites and cockroaches (order Blattodea). They are sometimes confused with phasmids (stick/leaf insects) and other elongated insects such as grasshoppers and crickets." Reference:


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namitha 7 years ago

Thank you Ashish, I thought this was a different species of mantis. You are right, it definitely look very similar to Carpenter Ant.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

Namitha this is Mantis at Nymph stage and this stage is mimic with Carpenter Ant...
Appreciate your efforts.... Well done...

namitha 7 years ago

Sorry,I meant the mantis is not more than 2.5 inch.

namitha 7 years ago

Hi Nuwan, I am not sure of the exact size. But its resting on a the leaf of a passionfruit plant. Approximately not more than 2.5 inch.

NuwanChathuranga 7 years ago

nice spotting! how big is it?

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Kerala, India

Spotted on Nov 17, 2012
Submitted on Nov 17, 2012

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