The praying mantis comes to us when we need peace, quiet and calm in our lives. Usually the mantis makes an appearance when we've flooded our lives with so much business, activity or chaos that we can no longer hear the still small voice within us. The mantis takes her time and deals with stillness and patience. She lives her life at her own silent pace. These traits have lead the mantis to be a symbol of meditation and contemplation.
Praying Mantis can be very tame, yet they are aloof in nature. Some people have kept them as pets...creepy. Reminds me of that Porno for Pyros song "Pets" http://kerryg.hubpages.com/hub/praying-mantis-care
Facts about the Malaysian Orchid Mantis The orchid mantis is a praying mantis, which has got its name because it resembles the flower of an orchid with its four walking legs resembling flower petals. Most are white, but there is also a pink to purplish color morph.