Despite their difference in appearance, praying mantises are closely related to cockroaches. Praying mantises are characterized by forelegs usually held in a position reminiscent of praying, which gives them their name. The two forelegs are specialized to grasp prey, leaving only four of the six legs for walking. Praying mantises have small, rotating heads with bulging eyes and excellent eyesight.
Ambushes its prey by blending with its surroundings and by rocking from side to side to mimic the sway of plants. When threatened, it stands taller and stretches out its wings and forelegs to look larger. Most praying mantises feed during the day and fly at night. They only hear ultrasonic sounds (frequencies above the human hearing range), which allows them to hear and evade bats that hunt by echolocation. Females lay many eggs in a foamy substance, which hardens into an egg case called ootheca. Adults then die in winter, while the eggs remain protected to hatch the following spring.
Insects and other small invertebrates.
Dry areas with vegetation, including valleys in the Amman region.