It was a nice day to go for a walk yesterday so hubby, our son, and I went around our neighborhood. As we walked down the parking lot at the back of Madonna HIgh school, my husband saw this praying mantis. We feared that cars will run him over, we picked him up and I carry him in my palm.
I put him in our garden and he seems to like it. I am not sure if it's a he or she but it might be a female. Anyway, the kids named him Frank.
I am fascinated by praying mantises. They seem very social. They are great to have in the garden because they prey on other bugs.
Reading about praying mantise on Wikipedia, I learned that the mantises or Mantodea are an order of insects that contains over 2,400 species and about 430 genera in 15 families. It is by far the largest family being the Mantidae. Mantises are distributed worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats.
I looked in the garden again today where I left him and he wasn't there anymore. I found him in another plant so he must have flown but he seems to like it there.
Wikipedia also states that mantises are mostly ambush predators, but a few ground-dwelling species actively pursue their prey. They normally live for about a year. In cooler climates, the adults lay eggs in autumn, and die. The eggs overwinter, protected by their hard capsule, and hatch in the spring. Females sometimes practice sexual cannibalism, eating their mates after copulation, or occasionally decapitating the males just before or during mating.