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Question of The Week – Praying Mantis Egg Case

Posted by romeethredge on February 20, 2015

Last week I had a photo of an egg case we found while pruning a peach tree. I remember in elementary school in Plains, Ga we had one in class and the tiny mantises hatched out by the dozens. They are beneficials, eating up insects that may harm plants.

Here’s some information from the UGA Insect Zoo.

– Other Names: Praying Mantid

– The word mantis derives from the Greek word mantis for prophet or fortune teller.

– The eyes of the mantis bulge large and round from the sides of the head.

– Has the ability to rotate the head 90 degrees.

– The praying mantis is deaf to most sounds (those not ultrasonic) and there are no ears on the head.

– The praying mantis has one single ear in the middle of the thorax on the underside. This single ear, which is a deep slit inside the thorax, allows it to hear ultrasonic sounds.

– The front two legs are shorter and set in a “praying” position, and are lined with spines and end with sharp hooks for capturing and killing prey.

– They are one of the few non-mammal species with true stereoscopic vision, which provides an advantage with depth perception.

– Being a carnivorous insect, the praying mantis feeds primarily on other insects such as flies, butterflies, crickets, moths and spiders. However, it is not uncommon for larger mantids to consume small reptiles and even small mammals or birds.

– The female praying mantis is known for her habit of biting the head off her partner while they are mating; this behavior is not as common as the reputation might suggest (and contrary to popular belief, this act has no influence on the reproductive process, save for terminating the male’s ability to pass his genes on to any other females). Sexual cannibalism may be rarer in the wild than in captive mantids kept in a cage, due to the lack of room for the male to evade the female after mating ends.



This week’s question is about some chickens we saw at Rock Eagle 4-H center while there recently for Junior Senior Project Achievement. What kind are they and are they used commercially today for meat or egg production?


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