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Praying Mantis

Praying mantis
Praying mantis adults are easily identified in the garden by their long bodies and grasping forelegs. They have a habit of holding their forelegs up while waiting for prey. They are general predators, eating any insects they can catch.  The egg cases, which are hard and grayish, are available commercially.

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