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A praying mantis climbs on a plum tree in an orchard on a farm near Roseburg, Ore. on Sept. 5.

Photo: ZUMA Press

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Pest control predators

A praying mantis clings to the bark of a plum tree in an orchard on a farm near Roseburg, Ore., on Sept. 5.

 

Gardeners often use mantises as a form of biological pest control because they are exclusively predatory and will feed on pesky insects.