Hi, I am a called a Praying Mantis because of the way we hold our front legs. Our front legs are bent and held together at an angle that it’s in a position that makes us look like we are praying. We have a triangular head poised on a long neck with a thorax that stretches, extends, and shortens when it needs too. We can catch our prey with these cool modified front legs which are designed to catch and hold them tightly. Our arms are very strong too, and have these pointy spikes to help keep a firm tight grip on the prey so it cannot get out of our clutches. When we catch our prey we do not have any venom to stun our prey, we have our front legs.
Now, if you are a very small bug our bite, we will turn into mush with our digestion for me to easily swallow you. We have these cool lightning moves that will ambush any predators. There are over 2,000 known mantis species that exist around the world. We are proud to say our five eyes give us a great 3D vision. We are capable of turning our heads from side to side, and we do not move the rest of our body and this helps us with our hunting by having less movement when sneaking up on our prey. Our bodies are very agile and we can jump with extreme precision and we can bend our body in any shape while we are in midair to land on a certain target.
We are quick hunters by waiting to ambush or patiently stalk our prey than we quickly strike them with speed and attack with our large front legs so quickly they will not know what is happening to them. The spikes on our legs prevent the prey from moving. We also have a gift called Camouflage, because our body looks like a form of sticks, leaves, and branches. Our colors can blend into the environment easily too. Eating our prey alive means we are Carnivores. We enjoy eating grasshoppers, beetles crickets, and many others that are pests in your gardens.
I forget we do eat some of the insects that are helpful to your garden, sorry about that, for example butterflies, and bees. I also need to tell you we do not just eat insects we eat spiders, small birds, small vertebrates, are just a few. Bats can be our predator, but we are not usually their victims, we know how to detect their echolocation sounds when they are coming towards us and thats when we do all kinds of dive in the air to get away. If they do catch us we will try get our freedom by using our big spiky front legs. I do have to go I see some bug by me and they are making me very hungry. You have to read some books about what our females can do during their mating.
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