Praying Mantis

Mantids

By┬áDonna Ellis, UConn, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, 2015. The insect that we commonly refer to as a praying mantis is also known as a mantid. Praying mantids earned their nickname because they hold their forelegs bent and raised as if in prayer. These large, beautiful predators belong to the insect order Mantodea. […]