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Mantids: Mantodea

Habitat

Mantids are found only on land in rainforests, dry forests, undisturbed and second-growth forests, or forests that grow naturally after cutting or a fire, grasslands, and deserts.

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The "ear" of adult mantids acts as an early warning system, allowing them to avoid predators as they fly through the night air. Some mantids are able to hear the ultrasonic echolocation signals used by bats to locate flying insects. Upon hearing a bat, these mantids roll sharply and enter into a spiral dive to avoid being captured. They increase their speed as they drop to the ground or disappear into tangled vegetation.

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