A few days later, Hafernik found more bees, and again fed them to the mantis.
An ex-wife of one of her conquests had even described her as a “praying mantis with a terminator smile”.
Among the insects is one commonly known as the "praying" mantis.
I have seen the mantis religiosa on a larger scale than this, now and then.
But it was a mantis' custom after spotting its prey to wait immobile for the unlucky creature to come within its reach.
Only if a thing fled did the mantis pursue with deadly ferocity.
And the mantis suddenly sat up and appeared to engage in prayer.
mantis's evil temper broke out: "She has done this, the malign one!"
But now obedience was forgotten because there was this young praying mantis.
Dr. Bleek identifies his name with that of the mantis insect.
1650s, "type of insect that holds its forelegs in a praying position" (especially the praying mantis, Mantis religiosa), Modern Latin, from Greek mantis, literally "one who divines, a seer, prophet," from mainesthai "be inspired," related to menos "passion, spirit" (see mania). The insect so called for its way of holding the forelimbs as if in prayer. Also used in Greek for some sort of grasshopper (Theocritus).