The Garden's Beneficial Insects: Praying Mantis

The Backyard Jungle column helps you discover which insects are friend or foe. Get to know one of the beneficial insects: praying mantis.



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A Mediterranean mantis (dining on a cricket) prefers to devour its meals headfirst.
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Not being temperamentally suited to dripping suitable hints, this female mantis gives the kiss of death to a star-crossed Romeo.
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The outsized and spiked front legs reveal the irreverent intent concealed behind the prayerlike pose of this California mantis.
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Newly hatched mantids rest atop their protective egg case.
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