praying mantis

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praying mantis:

see mantidmantid
or mantis,
name applied to the large, slender, slow-moving, winged insects of the family Mantidae in the order Mantodea. Predatory insects, mantids have strong, elongate, spiny front legs, used for grasping prey.
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Her first hubby, Alfie Karmal,called her ``a compulsive liar'' while former sister-inlaw, Dianna Karmal said: ``She's like a preying mantis when it comes to men.
The pair are each the epitome of the side they lead, the long-legged preying mantis pitted against the bulldog, French chic against Irish intensity.
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That advice comes via a word of instruction from her new husband as he is called away on business, leaving her to her own devices and the company of a blind piano tuner and a preying mantis of a servant.
But the preying mantis is a predatory insect and Warren believes Harrison will have difficulty staying out of harm's way in the second defence of his title.
It was only a preying mantis walking over her face.
Indoor attractions include the cactus house, tropical house, and a conservatory housing tropical bugs including preying mantis, stick insects and tarantula spiders.
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In recent weeks, market workers have come across deadly fire ants, native to North Africa, preying mantis eggs and all sorts of strange spiders and fearsome flies.