praying mantid

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Noun1.praying mantid - the common mantispraying mantid - the common mantis      
mantid, mantis - predacious long-bodied large-eyed insect of warm regions; rests with forelimbs raised as in prayer
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In fact, that's why this type of insect is called the praying mantid.
Sources of mortality not modeled, but witnessed by us, are predation by other wolf spiders (especially the sympatric Rabidosa punctulata, Hentz 1844) and praying mantids.
Biological control has asserted itself as beneficial insects such as praying mantids, assassin bugs, green lacewings, lady beetles, ground beetles, and hover flies rule supreme.