With close to approximately 1,800 species of praying mantis in the world there is a lot to learn when they close and near to your lawns and gardens.
They are fierce and frightful looking creatures and can eat a wide variety of insects. Aphids, mosquitoes, flies, roaches, bees, crickets, butterflies, grasshoppers, beetles, and spiders and almost anything that moves. They also threaten to attack bats, birds, frogs, spiders, fish and aquatic insects eat larvae. The females even eat the males after mating.
They are also so much fun that people often buy them as pets.
They do not fly, though. They stay right where they are released. The name is derived or copied from the "prayer-like" pose that they remain in as they are preparing to strike.
Like Ladybugs, Praying Mantis is completely harmless to people, pets, and the environment.