Posts tagged ‘Insect Pests’

What is a praying mantis?


The praying mantis (or mantid) is a long, slender insect that often sits in an upright position with its large front legs meekly folded beneath its bowed head as if it were saying its prayers.

But the mantid is not praying at all:  no, indeed!  It would be nearer the truth to call it a “Preying mantis,’ for the mantid is really preying.  This fearsome creature preys on other insects.

Hidden by its green color, the praying mantid sits motionless in wall among leaves with its body raised in its hunting position, ready to snap at the first insect that comes by.

When a fly, or other insect, wanders within striking range, the mantid reaches out its barbed, tap like front legs in a lightning attack and grabs its victim in a viselike grip.

The mantid is useful to man because it greedily devours mosquitoes, flies, and many other insect pests.

Some people imagine that the mantid’s upright posture suggests a fearing horse.  For this reason the mantid is sometimes called mantid is sometimes called a “rearhorse.” – Dick Rogers

What is a cuckoo?

Nearly everyone is familiar with the cuckoo clock which a small, wooden bird announces the hours “cuckoo, cuckoo.”

The clock bird is imitating the loud call of the European cuckoo, and ashy-gray bird about size of the small pigeon.


“Cuckoo” is the name of several closely related birds that are found nearly all parts of the world.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the cuckoo is that it builds no nest of its own but lays its eggs in the nests of other birds.

When the baby cuckoo hatches, the foster parents feed it as carefully as if it were their own.

Actually, not all cuckoos are guilty of this behavior.  Some cuckoos build untidy nests in quiet woodlands and care for their young.

Cuckoos are helpful to man.  They eat many insect pests such as hairy caterpillars.  Such insects are shunned by other birds because of the caterpillar irritating bristles.– Dick Rogers