Dictyoptera (Mantids and cockroaches)

Mantids are predatory insects that creep very slowly up on their prey and snatch them up with their strong forelegs. The forelegs are held up in front of them and they are often called praying mantises because of this.

Above: a large American mantid.

 

Below: some mantids photographed in France.

Above: Mantis religiosa, the praying matis.

 

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