Wildlife Species of the Week

The Praying Mantis play an important ecological role in the ecosystem food chain/food web. It minimizes insect population by feeding on them and also serve as food for lizards, birds and other species.

A Praying Mantis is the common name for an insect of the order Mantodea. The order Mantodea comprises as many as 2,400 species divided into 430 genera with a family name Mantidae. These insects are notorious predators and their name is coined from the typical ‘prayer-like’ stance.
The typically green or brown praying mantis is well camouflaged on plants among laying in ambush for its prey. It uses its front legs equipped with spikes for snaring prey and pinning its prey with reflexes so quick that they are difficult to see with the naked eye.Being a carnivorous insect, the praying mantis feeds primarily on other insects such as Fruit Flies, Crickets, Beetles, Moths and Bees.