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Praying Insects

Praying Insects, a family of Orthoptera (q.v.) known as Mant.idcr. Their popular name is derived from their habit of standing upon their four hind-legs with the front pair raised in the air as if in prayer. The best-known species is Mantis religiosa, Linn., common in the south of France.