Carolina Mantis Key Terms


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An organism that feeds on insects.
biological control
Control of a pest or invasive species by introducing a natural consumer of that species, such as a predator (for pests) or herbivore (for invasive plants). Mantises are useful agents of biological control because they eat many harmful insects including agricultural pests.
Immobile. While Carolina mantises can move about in search for food, they prefer to lie in wait for insects to pass by so they can snatch them. Female mantises are particularly sedentary because they have larger abdomens and shorter wings, and thus they spend little time flying.
apex predator
A predatory species that exists at the top of the food chain and is not consumed by any other predators. Praying mantises are not true apex predators, as they can be consumed by birds or other non-insect insectivores.
The variety of species occupying a particular habitat or larger area.
nutrient cycling
The flow of organic and inorganic substances essential for life throughout the cycle of conversion, production, consumption, and recycling.