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  • proper noun A taxonomic family within the order Mantodea — a family of praying mantises.


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  • During the halt, we bathed in the waters, upon whose banks were a multitude of huge Mantidae, pink and tender green.

    First footsteps in East Africa

  • It was thus that I reared the Tarsal Bembex, which eats Anthrax-flies and other Diptera, on young Locustidae or Mantidae; the Silky Ammophila, whose diet consists chiefly of Measuring-worms, on small Spiders; the pot-making Pelopaeus, a Spider-eater, on tender Acridians; the Sand

    More Hunting Wasps

  • Other Mantidae, of the genus Gongylus, have the anterior part of the thorax dilated and coloured either white, pink, or purple; and they so closely resemble flowers that, according to Mr. Wood-Mason, one of them, having a bright violet-blue prothoracic shield, was found in Pegu by a botanist, and was for a moment mistaken by him for a flower.

    Darwinism (1889)

  • a multitude of huge Mantidae, pink and tender green.

    First Footsteps in East Africa


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