Welcome the Praying Mantis!

The praying mantis is the gardener’s friend. It’s a good thing we like them around, because they are formidable and scary enemies of just about every bug.

They can turn their heads 180% when they’re looking for their prey, where they spy them out with two giant compound eyes and three simple eyes for a little extra visual boost. It’s thought they can see as far as 60 feet away. Yikes!

Not only that, but after mating the males are in danger of actually being eaten by their beloved! This is a tough critter, and I’m glad we’re on the same side.

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