The Praying Mantis (Mantis religiosa) is a large insect, which although common is difficult
to see because of its static nature and camouflage. It is an excellent predator and hunts
its prey by folding its front legs, as in prayer (hence its name) whilst waiting for a
suitable prey (usually a large insect, although they are known to prey on other animals
such as frogs and lizards) to come close whereupon it attacks its potential meal with its
toothed forelegs and starts feeding immediately (not waiting for a kill) on its catch.