Named for the long arm of the mantis in praying position, the mantis’ closest relatives are the termite and the cockroach. 
The mantis is a fierce predator who uses those long arms like razor blades. There are debates among gardeners whether they are "good or bad" insects.
During mating the male usually gets his head chopped off and eaten by the female, all during copulation making the female a cannibalistic femme fatale.

© Heidi Younger

On a side note, my illustration The Bear, got into
CA Illustration Annual # 55. Due to be published
May/June 2014.
Thanks Judges!
The Bear

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