Jul 22, 2008

Oodles of Mantises

The 2,300 species of praying mantises comprise an order of insects called Mantodea. They are found worldwide in temperate climates.

There's a bit of interesting etymology on this bug, which is usually the subject of entomology. First, it is spelled 'praying' mantis, not 'preying'. Those folded arms lend this insect a certain devotional atmosphere.

The word 'mantis' is Greek, and means prophet or fortune teller. Praying prophet? Very appropriate. Mantids so often look like they know something we don't.

But then, preying fortune teller also seems fitting. I've seen enough predatory charlatans out there. These creatures are very good at deception after all.


Anyways. I've picked out five of my favorites. Enjoy.

Photo source: Igor Siwanowicz



8 comments:

Hyony said...

They are really beautiful. And I love the pictures =)

Jade said...

I really need to finally invest in some of these as pets. The orchid mantids really blow me away with their beauty.

Anonymous said...

do you know the source of the first mantis photo? it's from a photographer who specializes in unique photos of insects (the praying mantis in particular), though i can't recall his name. it would be greatly appreciated.

Raging Wombat said...
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Raging Wombat said...

Alas, I do not know who took these photos. I wish I did, for I would give them homage.

Jang said...

Photos are taken by Igor Siwanowicz. ;)
( http://blepharopsis.deviantart.com/ )

Raging Wombat said...

Jang is correct, per Igor himself. I should have known!

Sarah said...

Praying mantis is appropriate - in Bushman or San culture, the praying mantis is regarded as a god.