Praying Mantis
Praying Mantis (Mantis religiosa)

This impressive creature gets its name from its prayerlike stance. The name is often mistakenly spelled "preying" mantis
because it is such a successful predator. Its main technique is camouflage, imitating a leaf or stick until its unsuspecting prey is
close enough to grab. Because its diet consists of insects like flies and aphids, it is welcome in the garden.


Home . Natives . Giclees . Photo Gallery . Info .