Definition of mantis
: any of an order or suborder (Mantodea and especially family Mantidae) of large usually green insects that feed on other insects and clasp their prey in forelimbs held up as if in prayer
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Playing out over the past months, that task is being done with what in the distance appears as a praying mantis.
Like some rare breed of albino praying mantis, Meredith tends to lurk in the dark, elegant yet frightening.
To test how praying mantises see the world, scientists have built the first cinema just for insects.
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Avocados become ripe for a brief period between every third harvest moon and the onset of praying-mantis mating season.
According to the paper, predatory fish caught near the whales were stuffed with mantis shrimp, stomach contents that matched those of a humpback whale studied in 1990 that died after getting entangled in rock lobster fishing gear.
During spring and summer the praying mantis is leaf green, which is an adaptation that allows it to be camouflaged.
At the entrance, a 55-foot-tall praying mantis spews flames and swivels its head as if searching for its next piece of kebab meat.
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