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- proper noun The natural family conmprising the mantises. Same as
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- noun mantises
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Nothing abounded but scorpions, mantidae, and grasshoppers.
Danais and Acraea, extending to their larvae and pupae; their great abundance, slow flight, and disregard of concealment; and he states that while lizards, mantidae, and dragonflies all hunt butterflies, and the rejected wings are to be found abundantly at some of their feeding-places, those of the two genera Danais and Acraea were never among them.
Only a few cases of this kind of coloration have yet been observed, chiefly among spiders and mantidae; but, no doubt, if attention were given to the subject in tropical countries, many more would be discovered.