Dating praying mantis
According to ancient Egyptians, the "bird-fly" is a minor god that leads the souls of the dead to the underworld.In ancient Assyria, the mantis was considered a sorcerer and soothsayer.
The most eye-catching feature of the praying mantis are its front legs that make the insect look like it is praying.
It has large, raptorial front legs folded as if in prayer and a triangular head with almost inquisitive, bulging eyes that swivel to watch passers-by.
The praying mantis appears to have an almost human quality.
Females usually cannot fly with their wings, but males can.
Praying mantises have many different looks, including some that feature elaborate camouflage for protection.