Praying Mantis

Mantodea sp

Size: Up to 15cm long
Habitat: Tropical with vegetation
Feeding: Insects

There are thousands of species of Mantis throughout the world. The Praying Mantis is so-called because of its forelegs in which it can grasp and hold prey. It looks as if it is praying.

Their colour varies from brown to green providing camouflage depending on where they live. They can bite but are not venomous. They eat insects but will also eat each other.

These photos were taken on the island of Santiago, Cape Verde.








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