What is it about these insects which makes them look human? Perhaps we have Disney to thank for anthropomorphizing animals. I’ve certainly never noticed the heart-shaped head before. The long neck enables it to turn its head 180° to check out its surroundings while hunting. It is a carnivorous hunter and lives for 12 months in the wild. It has five eyes: two large compound eyes and three simple eyes located between them. All the better for seeing you with! It eats moths, crickets, grasshoppers, flies and others of its kind. Most famously adult female who sometimes, not always, eats her mate just after or even during mating. Word must not have got around though, because this doesn’t seem to put the males off sex.
5 to remember
la mantis religiosa – praying mantis
con forma de corazón – heart-shaped
el cuello – the neck
carnívoro/a – carnivorous
el cazador/la cazadora – hunter