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Unlike her mother, the little girl was not afraid of the praying mantis and was happy to have made a new bug friend.
Swackhamer said researchers also have found a number of insects and parasitoid wasps that show promise as predators, including certain spiders and varieties of praying mantis.
To test this, Norris and his colleagues recently conducted an experiment using fruit flies and one of the flies’ natural predators: praying mantises.
Danes' eyes widen and her head tilts quizzically to one side like a praying mantis.
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PRAYING MANTIS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of praying mantis for English Language Learners
: a large insect that eats other insects by holding them in its raised front legs
PRAYING MANTIS Defined for Kids
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