Praying mantises are one of nature’s most fascinating insects. They are known to be fierce hunters and adept at ambushing prey. But like most creatures, they also need to rest and sleep.
In fact, some studies have shown that insects that are deprived of sleep struggle to learn new skills. That’s why it’s important for praying mantises to get enough rest. But do they actually sleep? And if so, where do they sleep?
Thankfully, there’s some evidence that praying mantises do indeed sleep. During their rest periods, they tend to adopt a posture that looks very similar to the position they assume when waiting for prey. They droop their heads down and seem to zonk out completely. This is all thanks to their natural camouflage, which makes them look a lot less intimidating than they really are.
They can be found sleeping on the ground, plant leaves and stems, or even in garden structures such as trellises or fences. However, their preferred sleeping place is the ground — where the brown color of the soil offers them camouflage protection. And as for green mantises, they prefer to sleep on plant leaves and stems (which happen to be a similar shade of green).
Though little research has been done into it, it’s safe to say that praying mantises do actually sleep. When they do, they’re protected by their natural camouflage and can’t be easily spotted by predators such as bats and birds.