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Mantises are an order (Mantodea) of insects that contains over 2,400 species in about 460 genera in 33 families. The largest family is the Mantidae ("mantids"). Mantises are distributed worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats. They have triangular heads with bulging eyes supported on flexible necks. Their elongated bodies may or may not have wings, but all Mantodea have forelegs that are greatly enlarged and adapted for catching and gripping prey; their upright posture, while remaining stationary with forearms folded, has led to the common name praying mantis. (Wikipedia)

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Superorder: Dictyoptera
Order: Mantodea
(Burmeister, 1838)

Before rehabilitation of Wazo Hill Quarry Site it was so harder to find praying mantis enjoying life as observed on the pictures. But we found plenty of insects inclusing praying mantis only after the goal of rehabilitation of the site has been achieved.

Read more about Mantis from National Geographic Society website... (https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/invertebrates/facts/praying-mantis)