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I have recently become obsessed with mantises and I want to learn everything I can about them. So far, the only sub-species I know well is the orchid mantis. TEACH ME MORE THINGS, PLEASE!!!!
I read that the eggs mantids hatch from are called ootheca and can hatch as many as 100 mantis children at a time! I assume that means they hatch similar to spiders. The mantis children are called Nymphs!Don't know if this might serve, but the way mantises hatch is fascinating and scary!
Actually, like the black widow spider, this reputation is only partly deserved. It has been observed that sexual cannibalism in mantids mostly happens when the female is disturbed. Male mantises often get to keep their heads. Interestingly, the act of procreation is inhibited by something in the mantis' head, so biting it off actually makes him even more fervent!- After mating, the female will often chew off the male's head and then cannibalize him.