| Mantis religiosa (Linnaeus, 1758)|
Main synonym = Gryllus religiosus Linnaeus, 1758
| Taxonomical Classification: Animalia / Arthropoda / Insecta / Dictyoptera / Mantidae |
| Praying mantis, European Mantis Debba tal-infern|
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These are highly adapted creatures having 2 modified legs which they use for grabbing prey and also a rotating head to provide a 360 degree vision for maximum accuracy and detection. With a swift jab they capture their prey and devour it. The female mantis is much smaller than the male and is wingless and it wanders about looking for prey. There are 2 forms of the mantis relgiosa: the brown and the green. Eggs are laid in a papery mass as shown by the picture.
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