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Scientific NameMantodea (Order)
Common NamePraying Mantis
DistributionThroughout India

In religion and mythology

The insects are in fact named for their typical ‘prayer-like’ stance. The word ‘mantis derives from the Greek word mantis for prophet or fortune teller.

Among the Gonds of Vidarbha (Maharashtra), the vaid or medicine man keeps a praying mantis as a pet. he worships the insect and uses it for fortune telling. This is a very unusual practice and its origin and significance are unknown.

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