Rego Park, NY
Praying Mantis Predator And Prey
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The Praying Mantis tenodera aridifolia sinensis, also known as the Chinese Mantis, Predator of other insects, is considered to be beneficial to any garden! It is one of the larger species in the mantis family reaching up to six inches in length. Good for the eco system in that it preys on any insects that may be harmful to your garden and when hungry will eat anything that comes within its grasps at lightning speed, usually starting with it's head, eating it alive! If you ever wanted to catch one of these little guys the best way to do this would be to extend your hand palm down and let him walk on the top it. This way the mantis would not feel threatened. However If you tried picking him up, grabbing his body there's a possibility you might get stung with his sharp needle like claws, not such a good idea! They also can be kept as pets and are fun to hold in your hands! In it's natural environment it can survive about six to seven months, from May to possibly November. The female will lay an egg casing which hardens, giving it protection throughout the winter from the colder climate and other Predators. Then around early May the life cycle starts all over when the baby hatchlings come out of their protected egg casing sometimes eating each other until their big enough to catch other prey. It's truly amazing to see Nature at it's best and the purpose all these insects have in the world we live in today!
October 23rd, 2012
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