note: Mrs. Abstract opened the front door on her way to the water arerobics and said,”Look, a praying mantis on the rosebud.” National Geographics answered my questions.
“The praying mantis is named for its prominent front legs, which are bent and held together at an angle that suggests the position of prayer. The larger group of these insects is more properly called the praying mantids. Mantis refers to the genus mantis, to which only some praying mantids belong.
By any name, these fascinating insects are formidable predators. They have triangular heads poised on a long “neck,” or elongated thorax. Mantids can turn their heads 180 degrees to scan their surroundings with two large compound eyes and three other simple eyes located between them.
Average life span in the wild: 12 months
Size: 0.5 to 6 inches (1.2 to 15 cm.) long