Superbly designed as sit-and-wait ambush predators, mantids have large, widely spaced compound eyes and chewing mouthparts. Their triangular heads swivel freely atop a long narrow prothorax which also carries the highly modified, grasping forelegs bearing an array of hooks and spines, arranged to form gin-trap from which prey has little chance of escape. All mantids are carnivores, feeding mainly on a variety of insects including other mantids.


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