- There are about 20 U.S. native mantids. Two species, the Chinese Mantis and European Mantis, were purposely introduced to control pests in farms and gardens.
- Did you know that most of the about 2,000 species' of mantids worldwide are found in Asia?
- There are some “illegal” mantids that carry restrictions in the U.S. They are the spiny flower mantis, orchid mantis, wondering violin mantis, ghost mantis, devils flower mantis, and the Egyptian mantis among others. These species became restricted under the Non Native Invasive Species Act of 1992. North American Mantids are not actually on the endangered species list.
- The praying mantis has excellent eyesight and can see up to about 50 feet away. Their eyes are made up of tiny compounds.
- It is believed that the female mantis will eat the male after mating since the protein helps in egg development.
- The praying mantis is the only insect that can rotate its head almost completely around! House flies can tilt their head slightly but not to this degree. This flexibility helps with their hunting.
- The praying mantis is actually more closely related to the cockroach than to grasshoppers!
- The word praying mantis is often spelled preying mantis and is googled this way almost as often as the correct spelling. Preying Mantis is in essence of the character of the insect and correctly describes its predatory nature.
- Praying mantis eggs can be sold online and is popular among farmers who purchase them to control pests. Live praying mantises can also be sold, packaged as 'live insect'.
- A State Insect? Yes, it is true. The European Mantis became the official State Insect of Connecticut on October 1st, 1977!
All facts can be found at http://theprayingmantis.org/Interesting-Facts.php.