Friday, September 10, 2010
The most common name in Japan for the praying mantis is "kamakiri" which means "sickle cut"referring to its front legs that look to the Japanese more like someone cutting weeds than praying. Like the names for many animals in Japan there are a multitude of regional variations.
I often find them inside the house, and we have lots in the garden where they help keep down the bugs as they are carnivorous. The spikes on their front legs are used for catching prey.
Unusual among insects, the kamakiri can rotate its head 180 degress....