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Index Mantis

Mantises are an order (Mantodea) of insects that contains over 2,400 species in about 430 genera in 15 families. [1]

146 relations: Acanthopidae, Ad libitum, Afrikaans, Aggressive mimicry, Aldous Huxley, Ambush predator, Amorphoscelididae, Anatomical terms of location, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Animal echolocation, Ant mimicry, Antenna (biology), Anti-predator adaptation, Arthropod eye, Arthropod leg, Assyria, August Johann Rösel von Rosenhof, Bauhaus, Binocular vision, Biological pest control, Blattodea, Book of the Dead, Brunneria borealis, Byzantine Empire, Carolina mantis, Cartoon, Cercus, Chaeteessa, Chinese mantis, Choeradodis, Cockroach, Convergent evolution, Crato Formation, Creobroter gemmatus, Cretaceous, Crypsis, CT scan, Deimatic behaviour, Diapause, Dictyoptera, Diurnality, Divination, Dramatic structure, Ecdysis, Empusidae, Eremiaphilidae, Erya, European mantis, Exoskeleton, ..., Femme fatale, Ferret, Flower mantis, Forelimb, Ganglion, Gecko, Gerald Durrell, Gland, Gongylus gongylodes, Grasshopper, Greek drachma, Green Porno, Grylloblattidae, Hemimetabolism, Hermann Burmeister, Hymenopodidae, Insect, Iridopterygidae, Iris oratoria, Isabella Rossellini, Island (Huxley novel), Khoikhoi, Leaf, List of mantis genera and species, Liturgusidae, M. C. Escher, Mandible, Mantidae, Mantispidae, Mantoida, Martial arts, Mesothorax, Metallyticidae, Metapontum, Metathorax, Mimicry, Monster movie, My Family and Other Animals, National Geographic, Necromancy, Nineveh, Northern Praying Mantis, Nymph (biology), Ommatidium, Ootheca, Order (biology), Orthodera, Orthoptera, Parasitoid wasp, Parthenogenesis, Pesticide, Pet, Phasmatodea, Pheromone, Pollen, Polyphyly, Prayer, Predation, Prothorax, Pseudopupil, Raptorial, Ray (optics), Robot, San people, Sexual cannibalism, Sibyllidae, Sicily, Southern Praying Mantis, Sphodromantis viridis, Spiracle, Statilia, Stereopsis, Sternum (arthropod anatomy), Suda, Sundance TV, Supernatural, Systematics, Tachytes, Tarachodes maurus, Tarachodidae, Tegmen, Temperate climate, Tergum, Termite, The Deadly Mantis, The Independent, The Passion of Lovers, Thespidae, Thorax (insect anatomy), Tiger beetle, Toxoderidae, Trope (literature), Tropics, Vivarium, Walking, Zenobius. Expand index (96 more) »


Acanthopidae is a family of mantises consisting of 13 genera in the order Mantodea.

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Ad libitum

Ad libitum is Latin for "at one's pleasure" or "as you desire"; it is often shortened to "ad lib" (as an adjective or adverb) or "ad-lib" (as a verb or noun).

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Afrikaans is a West Germanic language spoken in South Africa, Namibia and, to a lesser extent, Botswana and Zimbabwe.

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Aggressive mimicry

Aggressive mimicry is a form of mimicry in which predators, parasites or parasitoids share similar signals, using a harmless model, allowing them to avoid being correctly identified by their prey or host.

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Aldous Huxley

Aldous Leonard Huxley (26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963) was an English writer, novelist, philosopher, and prominent member of the Huxley family.

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Ambush predator

Ambush predators or sit-and-wait predators are carnivorous animals or other organisms, such as some nematophagous fungi and carnivorous plants, that capture or trap prey by stealth or by strategy (typically not conscious strategy), rather than by speed or by strength.

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Amorphoscelididae is a family of mantises consisting of 16 genera in the order Mantodea.

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Anatomical terms of location

Standard anatomical terms of location deal unambiguously with the anatomy of animals, including humans.

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Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt was a civilization of ancient Northeastern Africa, concentrated along the lower reaches of the Nile River - geographically Lower Egypt and Upper Egypt, in the place that is now occupied by the countries of Egypt and Sudan.

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Ancient Greece

Ancient Greece was a civilization belonging to a period of Greek history from the Greek Dark Ages of the 13th–9th centuries BC to the end of antiquity (AD 600).

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Animal echolocation

Echolocation, also called bio sonar, is the biological sonar used by several kinds of animals.

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Ant mimicry

Ant mimicry or myrmecomorphy is mimicry of ants by other organisms.

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Antenna (biology)

Antennae (singular: antenna), sometimes referred to as "feelers," are paired appendages used for sensing in arthropods.

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Anti-predator adaptation

Anti-predator adaptations are mechanisms developed through evolution that assist prey organisms in their constant struggle against predators.

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Arthropod eye

Apposition eyes are the most common form of eye, and are presumably the ancestral form of compound eye.

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Arthropod leg

The arthropod leg is a form of jointed appendage of arthropods, usually used for walking.

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Assyria, also called the Assyrian Empire, was a major Semitic speaking Mesopotamian kingdom and empire of the ancient Near East and the Levant.

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August Johann Rösel von Rosenhof

August Johann Rösel von Rosenhof (March 30, 1705 in Augustenburg near Arnstadt – March 27, 1759 in Nuremberg) was a German miniature painter, naturalist and entomologist.

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Staatliches Bauhaus, commonly known simply as Bauhaus, was a German art school operational from 1919 to 1933 that combined crafts and the fine arts, and was famous for the approach to design that it publicized and taught.

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Binocular vision

In biology, binocular vision is a type of vision in which an animal having two eyes is able to perceive a single three-dimensional image of its surroundings.

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Biological pest control

Biological control or biocontrol is a method of controlling pests such as insects, mites, weeds and plant diseases using other organisms.

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Blattodea is an order of insects that contains cockroaches and termites.

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Book of the Dead

The Book of the Dead is an ancient Egyptian funerary text, used from the beginning of the New Kingdom (around 1550 BCE) to around 50 BCE.

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Brunneria borealis

Brunneria borealis, common name Brunner's mantis, Brunner's stick mantis, or northern grass mantis, is a species of praying mantis native to the Southern United States.

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Byzantine Empire

The Byzantine Empire, also referred to as the Eastern Roman Empire and Byzantium, was the continuation of the Roman Empire in its eastern provinces during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, when its capital city was Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul, which had been founded as Byzantium).

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Carolina mantis

The Carolina mantis (Stagmomantis carolina) is a species of praying mantis of the subfamily Stagmomantinae.

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A cartoon is a type of illustration, possibly animated, typically in a non-realistic or semi-realistic style.

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Cerci (singular cercus) are paired appendages on the rear-most segments of many arthropods, including insects and symphylans.

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Chaeteessa is a genus of mantis in the monotypic family Chaeteessidae, containing six species.

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Chinese mantis

The Chinese mantis (Tenodera sinensis) is a species of praying mantis native to Asia and the nearby islands.

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Choeradodis is a genus of praying mantises with common names such as shield mantis, hood mantis (or hooded mantis), and leaf mantis (or leafy mantis) because of their extended, leaf-like thoraxes.

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Cockroaches are insects of the order Blattodea, which also includes termites. About 30 cockroach species out of 4,600 are associated with human habitats. About four species are well known as pests. The cockroaches are an ancient group, dating back at least as far as the Carboniferous period, some 320 million years ago. Those early ancestors however lacked the internal ovipositors of modern roaches. Cockroaches are somewhat generalized insects without special adaptations like the sucking mouthparts of aphids and other true bugs; they have chewing mouthparts and are likely among the most primitive of living neopteran insects. They are common and hardy insects, and can tolerate a wide range of environments from Arctic cold to tropical heat. Tropical cockroaches are often much bigger than temperate species, and, contrary to popular belief, extinct cockroach relatives and 'roachoids' such as the Carboniferous Archimylacris and the Permian Apthoroblattina were not as large as the biggest modern species. Some species, such as the gregarious German cockroach, have an elaborate social structure involving common shelter, social dependence, information transfer and kin recognition. Cockroaches have appeared in human culture since classical antiquity. They are popularly depicted as dirty pests, though the great majority of species are inoffensive and live in a wide range of habitats around the world.

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Convergent evolution

Convergent evolution is the independent evolution of similar features in species of different lineages.

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Crato Formation

The Crato Formation is a geologic formation of Early Cretaceous age in northeastern Brazil's Araripe Basin.

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Creobroter gemmatus

Creobroter gemmatus, common name jeweled flower mantis or Indian flower mantis, is a species of praying mantis native to Asia.

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The Cretaceous is a geologic period and system that spans 79 million years from the end of the Jurassic Period million years ago (mya) to the beginning of the Paleogene Period mya.

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In ecology, crypsis is the ability of an animal to avoid observation or detection by other animals.

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CT scan

A CT scan, also known as computed tomography scan, makes use of computer-processed combinations of many X-ray measurements taken from different angles to produce cross-sectional (tomographic) images (virtual "slices") of specific areas of a scanned object, allowing the user to see inside the object without cutting.

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Deimatic behaviour

Deimatic behaviour, threat display, or startle display in animals means any pattern of behaviour, such as suddenly displaying conspicuous eyespots, to scare off or momentarily distract a predator, thus giving the prey animal an opportunity to escape.

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Diapause, when referencing animal dormancy, is the delay in development in response to regularly and recurring periods of adverse environmental conditions.

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Dictyoptera (from Greek δίκτυον diktyon "net" and πτερόν pteron "wing") is an insect superorder that includes two extant orders of polyneopterous insects: the order Blattodea (termites and cockroaches together)) and the order Mantodea (mantises), along with one extinct order, the Alienoptera. While all modern Dictyoptera have short ovipositors, the oldest fossils of Dictyoptera have long ovipositors, much like members of the Orthoptera.

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Diurnality is a form of plant or animal behavior characterized by activity during the day, with a period of sleeping, or other inactivity, at night.

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Divination (from Latin divinare "to foresee, to be inspired by a god", related to divinus, divine) is the attempt to gain insight into a question or situation by way of an occultic, standardized process or ritual.

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Dramatic structure

Dramatic structure is the structure of a dramatic work such as a play or film.

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Ecdysis is the moulting of the cuticle in many invertebrates of the clade Ecdysozoa.

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Empusidae is a family of plant-mimicking Mantids (see Mantodea), consisting of 10 genera, holding almost 30 species.

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Eremiaphilidae is a small family of the order Mantodea (mantises).

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The Erya or Erh-ya is the oldest surviving Chinese dictionary or Chinese encyclopedia known.

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European mantis

The European mantis or Mantis religiosa is a large hemimetabolic insect in the family of the Mantidae (‘mantids’), which is the largest family of the order Mantodea (mantises).

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An exoskeleton (from Greek έξω, éxō "outer" and σκελετός, skeletós "skeleton") is the external skeleton that supports and protects an animal's body, in contrast to the internal skeleton (endoskeleton) of, for example, a human.

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Femme fatale

A femme fatale, sometimes called a maneater, is a stock character of a mysterious and seductive woman whose charms ensnare her lovers, often leading them into compromising, dangerous, and deadly situations.

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The ferret (Mustela putorius furo) is the domesticated form of the European polecat, a mammal belonging to the same genus as the weasel, Mustela of the family Mustelidae.

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Flower mantis

Flower mantises are those species of praying mantis that mimic flowers.

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A forelimb is an anterior limb (arm, leg, or similar appendage) on a terrestrial vertebrate's body.

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A ganglion is a nerve cell cluster or a group of nerve cell bodies located in the autonomic nervous system and sensory system.

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Geckos are lizards belonging to the infraorder Gekkota, found in warm climates throughout the world.

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Gerald Durrell

Gerald Malcolm Durrell, OBE (7 January 1925 – 30 January 1995) was a British naturalist, zookeeper, conservationist, author and television presenter.

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A gland is a group of cells in an animal's body that synthesizes substances (such as hormones) for release into the bloodstream (endocrine gland) or into cavities inside the body or its outer surface (exocrine gland).

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Gongylus gongylodes

Gongylus gongylodes, also known as the wandering violin mantis, ornate mantis or Indian rose mantis, is an insect of the order Mantodea.

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Grasshoppers are insects of the suborder Caelifera within the order Orthoptera, which includes crickets and their allies in the other suborder Ensifera.

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Greek drachma

Drachma (δραχμή,; pl. drachmae or drachmas) was the currency used in Greece during several periods in its history.

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Green Porno

Green Porno is a series of short films on animal sexual behaviour.

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Grylloblattidae, the icebugs, or ice crawlers, is a family of extremophile (psychrophile) and wingless insects that live in the cold on top of mountains and the edges of glaciers.

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Hemimetabolism or hemimetaboly, also called incomplete metamorphosis and paurometabolism,McGavin, George C. Essential Entomology: An Order-by-Order Introduction.

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Hermann Burmeister

Karl Hermann Konrad Burmeister (15 January 1807 – 2 May 1892) was a German Argentine zoologist, entomologist, herpetologist, and botanist.

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Hymenopodidae is a family of the order Mantodea (mantises), which contains four subfamilies.

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Insects or Insecta (from Latin insectum) are hexapod invertebrates and the largest group within the arthropod phylum.

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Iridopterygidae is a family of mantis in the order Mantodea, whose members were formerly a subfamily within Mantidae.

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Iris oratoria

Iris oratoria, known by the common name Mediterranean mantis or (less frequently) iris mantis, is a widespread species of praying mantis native to Europe.

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Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini (born 18 June 1952) is an Italian actress, filmmaker, author, philanthropist, and model.

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Island (Huxley novel)

Island is the final book by English writer Aldous Huxley, published in 1962.

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The Khoikhoi (updated orthography Khoekhoe, from Khoekhoegowab Khoekhoen; formerly also Hottentots"Hottentot, n. and adj." OED Online, Oxford University Press, March 2018, www.oed.com/view/Entry/88829. Accessed 13 May 2018. Citing G. S. Nienaber, 'The origin of the name “Hottentot” ', African Studies, 22:2 (1963), 65-90,. See also.) are the traditionally nomadic pastoralist non-Bantu indigenous population of southwestern Africa.

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A leaf is an organ of a vascular plant and is the principal lateral appendage of the stem.

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List of mantis genera and species

The following list of mantis genera and species is incomplete.

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Liturgusidae is a family of mantises within the order Mantodea.

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M. C. Escher

Maurits Cornelis Escher (17 June 1898 – 27 March 1972) was a Dutch graphic artist who made mathematically-inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints.

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The mandible, lower jaw or jawbone is the largest, strongest and lowest bone in the human face.

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Mantidae is the largest family of the order Mantodea, commonly known as praying mantises; most are tropical or subtropical.

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Mantispidae, known commonly as mantidflies, mantispids, mantid lacewings or mantis-flies, is a family of small to moderate-sized insects in the order Neuroptera.

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Mantoida is a genus containing eleven species of mantis.

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Martial arts

Martial arts are codified systems and traditions of combat practices, which are practiced for a number of reasons: as self-defense, military and law enforcement applications, mental and spiritual development; as well as entertainment and the preservation of a nation's intangible cultural heritage.

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The mesothorax is the middle of the three segments in the thorax of an insect, and bears the second pair of legs.

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The mantis family Metallyticidae consists of a single small genus, Metallyticus, living mostly in South-East Asia.

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Metapontum or Metapontium (Metapontion) was an important city of Magna Graecia, situated on the gulf of Tarentum, between the river Bradanus and the Casuentus (modern Basento).

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The metathorax is the posterior of the three segments in the thorax of an insect, and bears the third pair of legs.

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In evolutionary biology, mimicry is a similarity of one organism, usually an animal, to another that has evolved because the resemblance is selectively favoured by the behaviour of a shared signal receiver that can respond to both.

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Monster movie

A monster movie, creature feature, or giant monster film is a disaster film that focuses on a group of characters struggling to survive attacks by one or more antagonistic monsters, often abnormally large ones.

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My Family and Other Animals

My Family and Other Animals (1956) is an autobiographical work by British naturalist Gerald Durrell.

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National Geographic

National Geographic (formerly the National Geographic Magazine and branded also as NAT GEO or) is the official magazine of the National Geographic Society.

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Necromancy is a practice of magic involving communication with the deceased – either by summoning their spirit as an apparition or raising them bodily – for the purpose of divination, imparting the means to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge, to bring someone back from the dead, or to use the deceased as a weapon, as the term may sometimes be used in a more general sense to refer to black magic or witchcraft.

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Nineveh (𒌷𒉌𒉡𒀀 URUNI.NU.A Ninua); ܢܝܼܢܘܹܐ was an ancient Assyrian city of Upper Mesopotamia, located on the outskirts of Mosul in modern-day northern Iraq.

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Northern Praying Mantis

Northern Praying Mantis is a style of Chinese martial arts, sometimes called Shandong Praying Mantis after its province of origin.

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Nymph (biology)

In biology, a nymph is the immature form of some invertebrates, particularly insects, which undergoes gradual metamorphosis (hemimetabolism) before reaching its adult stage.

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The compound eyes of arthropods like insects, crustaceans and millipedes are composed of units called ommatidia (singular: ommatidium).

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An ootheca (pl. oothecae) is a type of egg mass made by any member of a variety of species including mollusks (such as Turbinella laevigata), mantises, and cockroaches.

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Order (biology)

In biological classification, the order (ordo) is.

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Orthodera is a genus of praying mantis that can be found in Australia, and Southeast Asia with one species, Orthodera novaezealandiae, said to be the only native species of mantis of New Zealand.

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Orthoptera is an order of insects that comprises the grasshoppers, locusts and crickets, including closely related insects such as the katydids and wetas.

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Parasitoid wasp

Parasitoid wasps are a large group of hymenopteran superfamilies, all but the wood wasps (Orussoidea) being in the wasp-waisted Apocrita.

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Parthenogenesis (from the Greek label + label) is a natural form of asexual reproduction in which growth and development of embryos occur without fertilization.

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Pesticides are substances that are meant to control pests, including weeds.

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A pet or companion animal is an animal kept primarily for a person's company, protection, or entertainment rather than as a working animal, livestock, or laboratory animal.

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The Phasmatodea (also known as Phasmida or Phasmatoptera) are an order of insects, whose members are variously known as stick insects in Europe and Australasia; stick-bugs, walking sticks or bug sticks in the United States and Canada; or as phasmids, ghost insects or leaf insects (generally the family Phylliidae).

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A pheromone (from Ancient Greek φέρω phero "to bear" and hormone, from Ancient Greek ὁρμή "impetus") is a secreted or excreted chemical factor that triggers a social response in members of the same species.

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Pollen is a fine to coarse powdery substance comprising pollen grains which are male microgametophytes of seed plants, which produce male gametes (sperm cells).

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A polyphyletic group is a set of organisms, or other evolving elements, that have been grouped together but do not share an immediate common ancestor.

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Prayer is an invocation or act that seeks to activate a rapport with an object of worship, typically a deity, through deliberate communication.

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Predation is a biological interaction where a predator (a hunting animal) kills and eats its prey (the organism that is attacked).

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The prothorax is the foremost of the three segments in the thorax of an insect, and bears the first pair of legs.

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In the compound eye of invertebrates such as insects and crustaceans, the pseudopupil appears as a dark spot which moves across the eye as the animal is rotated.

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The term raptorial implies much the same as predatory but most often refers to modifications of an arthropod's foreleg that make it function for the grasping of prey while it is consumed, where the gripping surfaces are formed from the opposing faces of two successive leg segments (see illustration).

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Ray (optics)

In optics a ray is an idealized model of light, obtained by choosing a line that is perpendicular to the wavefronts of the actual light, and that points in the direction of energy flow.

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A robot is a machine—especially one programmable by a computer— capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically.

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San people

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Sexual cannibalism

Sexual cannibalism is when a female cannibalizes her mate prior to, during, or after copulation.

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Sibyllidae is a family of mantises in the order Mantodea.

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Sicily (Sicilia; Sicìlia) is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.

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Southern Praying Mantis

Southern Praying Mantis is a Chinese martial art originating with the Hakka people.

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Sphodromantis viridis

Sphodromantis viridis is a species of praying mantis that is kept worldwide as a pet.

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Spiracles are openings on the surface of some animals, which usually lead to respiratory systems.

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Statilia is a genus of praying mantis that resembles dead or living grass.

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Stereopsis (from the Greek στερεο- stereo- meaning "solid", and ὄψις opsis, "appearance, sight") is a term that is most often used to refer to the perception of depth and 3-dimensional structure obtained on the basis of visual information deriving from two eyes by individuals with normally developed binocular vision.

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Sternum (arthropod anatomy)

The sternum (pl. "sterna") is the ventral portion of a segment of an arthropod thorax or abdomen.

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The Suda or Souda (Soûda; Suidae Lexicon) is a large 10th-century Byzantine encyclopedia of the ancient Mediterranean world, formerly attributed to an author called Soudas (Σούδας) or Souidas (Σουίδας).

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Sundance TV

Sundance TV (stylized as SundanceTV, formerly known as Sundance Channel) is an American digital cable and satellite television network that is owned by AMC Networks.

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The supernatural (Medieval Latin: supernātūrālis: supra "above" + naturalis "natural", first used: 1520–1530 AD) is that which exists (or is claimed to exist), yet cannot be explained by laws of nature.

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Biological systematics is the study of the diversification of living forms, both past and present, and the relationships among living things through time.

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Tachytes is a genus of predatory, solitary wasps, containing about 300 species.

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Tarachodes maurus

Tarachodes maurus is a species of praying mantis in the genus Tarachodes.

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Tarachodidae is a family consisting of 30 genera of mantises in the order Mantodea.

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A tegmen (plural: tegmina) designates the modified leathery front wing on an insect particularly in the orders Dermaptera (earwigs), Orthoptera (grasshoppers, crickets and similar families), Mantodea (praying mantis), Phasmatodea (stick and leaf insects) and Blattodea (cockroaches).

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Temperate climate

In geography, the temperate or tepid climates of Earth occur in the middle latitudes, which span between the tropics and the polar regions of Earth.

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A tergum (Latin for "the back"; plural terga, associated adjective tergal) is the dorsal ('upper') portion of an arthropod segment other than the head.

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Termites are eusocial insects that are classified at the taxonomic rank of infraorder Isoptera, or as epifamily Termitoidae within the cockroach order Blattodea.

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The Deadly Mantis

The Deadly Mantis is a 1957 American science-fiction monster film produced by William Alland for Universal-International.

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The Independent

The Independent is a British online newspaper.

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The Passion of Lovers

"The Passion of Lovers" is the sixth single released by British gothic rock band Bauhaus.

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Thespidae is a family in the order Mantodea.

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Thorax (insect anatomy)

The thorax is the midsection (tagma) of the insect body.

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Tiger beetle

Tiger beetles are a large group of beetles, from the Cicindelinae subfamily, known for their aggressive predatory habits and running speed.

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The Toxoderidae are a family of mantises in the order Mantodea.

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Trope (literature)

A literary trope is the use of figurative language, via word, phrase or an image, for artistic effect such as using a figure of speech.

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The tropics are a region of the Earth surrounding the Equator.

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A vivarium (Latin, literally for "place of life"; plural: vivaria or vivariums) is an area, usually enclosed, for keeping and raising animals or plants for observation or research.

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Walking (also known as ambulation) is one of the main gaits of locomotion among legged animals.

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Zenobius (Ζηνόβιος) was a Greek sophist, who taught rhetoric at Rome during the reign of Emperor Hadrian (AD 117–138).

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