Author 'Boucher Marc dit de Meilh' (Id 124515 ) : The praying mantis (Mantis religiosa), met in a clearing hot and humid in the tall grass and a branch of a meter in height. It is a species of insect of the family Mantidae. It belongs to the order of Mantoptères. Why Mantis 'religious'? ... Because when she assaulted her front legs folded as if in prayer ... It is very voracious, can feed on larger prey it. Otherwise, it was nice to me. Marc Boucher said Meillan.