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Mantis religiosa  (Linnaeus, 1758)
Main synonym = Gryllus religiosus    Linnaeus, 1758
Taxonomical Classification:  Animalia / Arthropoda / Insecta / Dictyoptera / Mantidae
Praying mantis, European Mantis     Debba tal-infern
Further Information:
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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