This insect is called a “Praying Mantis” and is typically green or brown with triangular heads, and have front legs that looking like they are praying.
Mantis' are well camouflaged on the plants where they live, lie in ambush or patiently stalk their victims. They wait until their victim is within striking distance and then wrap themselves around the victim and eat them alive.
They eat small insects, retiles, and even small birds. Moths, crickets, grasshoppers, flies, and other insects are usually the unfortunate recipients of the mantis. It can eat larger predators up to 5 times its weight. However, the insects will also eat others of their own kind too! These insects are sometimes sold to homeowners help to rid their property of unwanted insects.
The mantis’ is a tasty treat for bats, owls, frogs, and lizards.
People sometimes capture the mantis' and put them in jars as pets.
**The most famous example of this is the notorious mating behavior of the adult female, who sometimes eats her mate just after—or even during—mating.
This little friend was on my door knob when I came home and I touched it. EEEEEK! Of course I ran and got my camera right then.
These pictures were taken in Redlands and Loma Linda, CA.
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