Are you aware of Spiritual Insect?
I was not aware of this term.
When I noticed this insect quietly sitting on a leaf, I was surprised by its size because I had never seen a black ant of this size.
Immediately my attention drew towards its forelegs which are too large for a black ant to possess.
Its head was a triangle in shape and now I knew that I am dealing a praying Mantis.
A quick internet search about black Mantis leads me to Odontomantis planiceps, which is otherwise known as Asian Ant Mantis.
In the juvenile stage it resembles a black ant, hence the name Ant Mantis.
It turns to green colour in its 4th stage of development.
Why Mantis are popular as a spiritual insect?
The predator waits motionless with its large forelegs folded like a hand in prayer.
The very appearance gives a feeling that the insect is in deep meditation.
Seeing this insect is said to bring good luck or bad luck depending on the culture of people.
Does Mantis Cannibalize?
Scientists estimate that Mantis cannibalize their mates 25% of the time.
Females are said to bite and eat the male’s head during mating or after mating and you will be surprised to note that the male will complete the process of mating without the head.
Scientists are unable to give us a perfect reason.
Based on Vedic Science, SYMPTOMS OF KALIYUGA includes human beings resorting to cannibalism.
Praying Mantis never worry about a secure life with plenty of food.
It’s confident that it prayed.
“No one can pray and worry at the same time” Max Lucado
Whereas we humans pray and worry at the same time!!
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