Scientific Name: Mantis religiosa (Order Dictyoptera, suborder Mantodea, family Mantidae).
English Name: Praying Mantis (Mantid family).
French Name: La Mante religieuse (='religious mantis').
|A female Praying Mantis consumes a female bush-cricket Ruspolia nitidula.|
- can be green or brown.
- males are much smaller and more slender than females.
- flies well but usually hunts other insects by laying in wait before pouncing and grabbing with their formidible forelegs.
- raises and opens front legs in a threat display when disturbed. Can also hiss.
- good vision and will respond to any movement by watching alertly.
Habitat: Rough grassland, scrub, gardens.
Adult Active Period: July-August-September-October-November. Overwinters as an egg in a mousse like eggcase attached to grass stalk or fencepost.
Photographed by Loire Valley Nature:
|A female Praying Mantis consumes a Devil's Coach Horse beetle Ocypus olens on a farm track near Chaumussay.|
|A female Praying Mantis on a pavement footpath in Preuilly sur Claise.|