True Facts About The Mantis

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    European mantis. Empusa pennata
    A.S. Floro/
    A spiny flower mantis is sitting on a rolled leaf.
    Cathy Keifer/
    A Ghost mantis nymph is sitting on a branch.
    Cathy Keifer/
    Empusa fasciata mantis
    Mikhail Melnikov/
    Praying Mantis. on white background
    A Thai green mantis is posing for a portrait.
    Cathy Keifer/
    praying mantis staring back with leg in mouth. In the act of grooming
    Paul Looyen/
    Praying Mantis head shot taken with a Macro lens
    Jim Vallee/
    A thai green mantis nymph is putting his front foot on a cricket that is too big to eat.
    Cathy Keifer/
    A Chinese mantis nymph is eating a cricket while standing on a leaf.
    Cathy Keifer/
    A macro shot of an Australian Praying Mantis eating a cricket
    Johan Larson/
    Praying Mantis eating a Monarch Butterfly on purple flowers
    Steve Byland/
    A praying mantis sees a grasshopper and is surprised.
    Cathy Keifer/
    Face Off! CC BY 2.0
    Mantis vs Hummingbird, Rematched CC BY 2.0
    Praying mantis mating and eating
    Horia Bogdan/
    Marek Velechovsky/
    Two female praying mantis fighting
    Richard Fellinger/Picture Press/Getty
    A mantis while eating her mate
    Mantis nymphs are being born from an egg case. They emerge attached to a tiny silk line.
    Cathy Keifer/
    Mantis nymphs are emerging from an egg case after incubating for about 5 weeks.
    Cathy Keifer/
    Extreme macro shot of a Praying mantis
    Cre8tive Images/
    Praying Mantis
    Erhan Dayi/
    Portrait of the Praying Mantis close-up 1:1 isolated on wite
    Evgeniy Ayupov/
    Female Praying Mantis, Rhombodera Basalis, in front of white background
    Eric Isselee/
    Mantis on the rock
    M. Khebra/
    Green mantis eats a grasshopper
    Kristina Postnikova/
    Green mantis eats a grasshopper
    Kristina Postnikova/

Comments • 5 698

  • Mackenzie Fontaine
    Mackenzie Fontaine 2 years ago +1

    as someone who owns pet mantids, the wobble bit is SO accurate. theyre smart enough to recognize me and beg for food, but not coordinated enough to catch it unless i wave it right in front of their faces lol... dont even get me started on flying. theyre about as graceful in the air as giraffes with jetpacks

  • TehUselessGuiG
    TehUselessGuiG 2 years ago +1

    "excellent eyesight, which you hope it would, given the fact that it has 5 freaking eyes"

  • Jakefoo
    Jakefoo 6 years ago +4

    I would love it if this dude was my science teacher.

  • Julian Zabala
    Julian Zabala 2 years ago +3

    Mantis: "I've mastered the ability of standing so incredibly still, that I become invisible to the eye"

  • Crowley9
    Crowley9 5 years ago +2

    Apparently the idea that mantis females eat the male during or after mating is greatly exaggerated. It happens a lot under laboratory conditions, probably due to the stress of the captivity and unnatural environment. When their mating is observed discreetly in natural conditions with hidden cameras (as you would do with anyone), such behaviour turns out to be very rare.

  • Wanderer in the Dust
    Wanderer in the Dust 3 years ago +759

    "The mantis has a complex chewing mouth. To understand it, imagine if you had a mustache underneath your lip, made entirely of fingers." ----> so Dr. Zoidberg!

  • Kat Tang
    Kat Tang 5 years ago +2

    "What? I'm just touchin' him."

  • Connor Tyler
    Connor Tyler 5 years ago +450

    Scientists are starting to think that females eating the heads of their mates aren't nearly as common as we thought. Pretty much all of that data is based on in-lab experiments and observation, which introduces an incredible stress factor; it's actually much rarer to occur in the wild, and usually occurs with older, infirm males who are unlikely to produce healthy offspring.

  • Tsundere Cactus
    Tsundere Cactus 6 years ago +355

    As a kid I enjoyed watching insects, especially bugs. When I found a mantis corpse one day.... It was the most beautiful insect I've seen. I was so proud at myself. I brought it home to show it to my mom and her friends. They started screaming for some reason.

  • hungfao
    hungfao  +5

    I used to raise these when I was young back in the 60s. I was surprised to find that they can be domesticated somewhat. I had one that I simply let wander about my room. She'd come over to my desk when I was there and I'd find her something to eat. But I did find out in a very sad way what happens to them if they live longer than they should. They do indeed experience old age that's almost human-like.

  • Neuer Ehrgeiz
    Neuer Ehrgeiz 7 years ago +136

    For anyone curious about if Mantises will bite you, they aren't aggressive towards humans. They normally only attack things their size, or smaller. They will bite on the rare occasion if they feel threatened enough, though you just need common sense for that (no bopping them or pushing them, that kind of thing).

  • IcantSignIn

    I watched a mantis that caught a wasp and he saved the legs and wings for last. Gathered them up in one arm as he went.

  • Jonah Davis
    Jonah Davis 5 years ago +5

    "The difference between a mantis and a teddy bear is.....everything..."

  • Internet User
    Internet User 5 years ago +561

    There are many types of mantids, none of which have laser beams, but many of which resemble what would fall out of a nightmare that farted too aggressively.

  • LegoSam 20
    LegoSam 20 4 years ago +764

    “What would plop out of a nightmare that farted too aggressively”

  • Steven Louis
    Steven Louis 2 years ago +240

    Adlibs at the end always have me dying

  • Lani Z
    Lani Z 4 years ago +152

    I remember watching this one when it first came out and was cry-laughing at the ending for days lol "check me oouuut". Still my favorite one.

  • Luijo
    Luijo Year ago +338

    " When it's time to mate, the smaller male climbs on the back of a female,

  • fbiuzz
    fbiuzz 8 years ago +24

    The mantis is like a real-life Xenomorph..only much smaller, green and and have wings.

  • Brian Brewster
    Brian Brewster 5 years ago +33

    What a novel approach to science - hiring a commentary with a bizarre sense of humor. But yes, mantids are the apex predators of the insect world. I can't begin to tell you how many of my friends are deathly afraid of these critters, so much so, they are afraid to pick one up. Go ahead - they don't harm humans. And no - their forelimbs are not used as spears to pierce through objects like we saw in those space aliens in that Starship Troopers movie. But yea - their hatching brood sure look alien enough don't they?