National Geographic : 1952 Aug
© National Geographic Society Z44 Leggy, Nightmarish Praying Mantises Are Man's Allies inthe Insect Wars Belying their prayerful attitude, the front legsofthe Praying Mantis are armed with sharp spines; the legs fold like the blades of a jackknife to hold prey, which includes many harmful insects. Long antennae are thought to serve as smell and hearing aids. Bulging compound eyes have several hundred tiny facets, each receiving light from a small fraction ofthe field of vision. Adult mantises may bekept on perches in screened jars and fed on live insectsorbits of raw meat, but they die at winter's approach. Above: This mantis ignored impending disaster.Seconds later the cat ate her. - The author grouped three females in a "gossipsession" around red fruits ofthe dogwood.