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Label the Praying Mantis
Label the Praying Mantis (Praying Mantid) anatomy diagram using the definitions below.
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abdomen - The abdomen is the hindmost part of the body of insects. It is segmented and contains the digestive tract and the reproductive organs.
antennae - Two long antennae on the head are used for the sense of touch and smell.
compound eyes - Two large compound eyes give the mantid sight.
grasping front legs - The two front legs are used to catch and hold prey (mostly small insects). Spines on the lower tibia of these legs help hold the prey.
head - The head is the uppermost part of the insect - the eyes, antenna and mouth are on the triangular-shaped head. Unlike most insects, the mantids can move their head from side to side.
mandibles (jaws) - The jaws chew the food (insects).
thorax - The thorax is the middle part of the body of insects. The legs and wings attach to the segmented thorax; the first thoracic segment (called the prothorax ) is very long and flexible in mantids. An ear is on the middle thoracic segment in some mantids (the ear is used to avoid predators, like bats, which like to eat mantids).
walking legs - The middle and rear pairs of legs are used for walking, climbing and jumping.
wings - These flying insects have 2 pairs of wings (they have a total of 4 wings).
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