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Praying mantis are strictly carnivorous and feed on almost any insect it can overcome.
Mantis are territorial stalkers of insects. They will spend days waiting and tracking their prey. The praying mantis moves its head to keep its prey in sight. Its head stimulates special receptors that send out nerve impulses that instantly adjust the distance and angle of the mantis quick strike. It delivers a bite to the neck, killing the insect and then savors the meal. That's how they work. The praying mantis is an awesome, showy creature and can help to control garden insect pests the organic way. They are also very interesting to have around.
Mantis egg cases are contained in either paper cups or pouches each egg case will hatch out 50-200 mantises. When hatching, the young crawl from between tiny flaps in the egg case and hang from silken threads about 2 inches below the case. After drying out, the young will disperse. This happens within an hour or two. It is very difficult to know if hatching has occurred, unless the elusive and well camouflaged young are found.
Pesticides and even wetting agents and spreader-stickers may adversely affect mantis survival. Broad spectrum and systemic insecticides are toxic to praying mantis.