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Praying Mantis - Crawling Insect Library - Saferbrand

Praying Mantis

A praying mantis has a very big appetite, so it's fortunate that it is also an accomplished hunter.

 

These stealthy predators feast on live insects, including moths, mosquitoes, roaches, flies and aphids, as well as small rodents, frogs, snakes and birds.

 

The praying mantis will feed on moths at night -- the only predator known to do so. They can definitely assist in moth control around your home and garden.

 

 

 

 

Benefits

A praying mantis has a very big appetite, so it's fortunate that it is also an accomplished hunter. These magnificent insects help farmers and gardeners by eating moths, mosquitoes, roaches, flies and aphids, as well as small rodents in their fields and gardens.

 

The praying mantis will feed on the moths at night -- the only predator known to do so. This large insect is also the only predator that is quick enough to catch mosquitoes and flies (not counting spiders who do not need to catch their prey themselves, relying instead on their spiderwebs).

 

 

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