can see that the mantid in the photo above is keeping
a close eye on the photographer!
the female praying mantis eat the male?
A: Yes. After mating (sometimes even during
mating), the female eats the male. Most entomologists
think it's because if the female eats the male,
she gets a big boost of nutrition so she has enough
energy to produce her eggs.
autumn, females lay eggs in a large mass (an inch or
so long), in a frothy, gummy substance glued to tree
twigs, plant stems and other objects (the egg case shown
at the right was "glued" to the side of our
Extension office building last fall).
occurs in the egg stage in this case. Up to 200 or more
tiny nymphs emerge from the egg mass in the spring or
early summer - they look just like the adults except
they are very, very small. It is hard to believe that
they will grow to be 3-4" long in a short time.
you want to encourage mantids and other beneficial insects
in the yard and garden, limit the use of pesticides.
Encourage these fascinating creatures by allowing some
plants to grow for them to hide and hunt in.
The information above was compiled from the following
resources. Visit these sites to LEARN MORE:
Mantis - Ohio State University
Mantids - University of Kentucky
for Insect Science Education Outreach The University