Praying Mantis- Mantis religiosa
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There are about 2000 species of praying mantids living around the world, but only one species- Mantis religiosa lives in Poland. Outside of Europe this species is often referred to as the European Mantis. The name "mantis" comes from the Greek word for 'prophet' and their humble posture they can be seen in while they are searching for food. Camouflage is very important for their survival. They must blend in with their habitat to avoid being eaten by birds, bats and other enemies. Praying Mantids are canivorous and have very powerful jaws for devouring their prey. Ocassionally, the female will devour the male after mating. In the Low Beskid these insects can be seen on the edges of forests and glades from August to October.
The Low Beskid - September 30, 2007