Body Ba­sics

Animal Scene - - SPOTLIGHT -

They have a large range of sizes, with out­lier cap­tured spec­i­mens reach­ing 18, and even sup­pos­edly 20 cen­time­ters long. Their color can range from pink to var­i­ous shades of green, but many man­tises are green or brown. The pray­ing man­tis has a tri­an­gu­lar head, and they have com­pound eyes on two of the points, with the mouth be­ing the third. They are rather ag­ile, and they can even turn their heads from side to side for a full 180 de­grees. Their eye­sight is very sen­si­tive, mak­ing them vis­ually-ori­ented preda­tors. They have very pow­er­ful jaws. Their wings are straight and rather thick - some would say leath­ery - and they have hear­ing or­gans that can hear into the ul­tra­sonic range, lo­cated in their tho­rax. Their most fa­mous phys­i­cal fea­ture, of course, are their long, folded spiny front legs. When in a rest­ing po­si­tion, th­ese forelegs make the in­sect look like it's pray­ing. This elon­ga­tion is usu­ally fol­lowed, mak­ing them look like long in­sects that are in prayer­ful re­pose. Their other legs can also be long, and some > % $ > $ ! * pray­ing man­tises are known for their ex­cel­lent ! Fe­males are known for hav­ing slightly larger ab­domens.

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