About Praying Mantids (Tenedora Sinensis):

Praying Mantids are a ferocious predator that goes after many pests. The Praying Mantids are a beneficial insect that has six legs, two wings and two antennae. They also have some special features which makes them very unique. Praying Mantids have the ability to turn there heads 360 degrees! No other insect can turn its head 360 degrees, for other insects necks are too rigid to allow it. Praying Mantids also have bizarre modified front legs; these front legs are referred to as raptorial or raptor like, which are wonderful for grabbing and consuming its prey. These arms are extremely strong and have sharp spikes used to keep a firm hold on its prey. Most species of Praying Mantids have wings however some species do not. Female Praying Mantids usually cannot or will not fly, but male Praying Mantids will and are excellent territorial stalkers of insects. They will spend up to a couple days tracking and waiting to catch their prey. The Praying Mantids use its amazing head to keep its prey in its sight. The head of the Praying Mantids stimulates special receptor that sends out nerve impulses that instantly adjust to the distance and angle of the Praying Mantids prey, allowing it to strike quickly and lethally. The Mantids will deliver a powerful bite to the neck of pest, killing the insect and will ingest its meal. The Praying Mantids are awesome, bizarre and truly a wonderful predator to pests, which helps to control garden pests the natural and organic way.  


 Lifespan of Praying Mantids:

The expected life span of a praying mantis depends on the species, but the maximum is about a year for the entire life cycle. However, most will only live as adults for about 6 months (less for some species).