Raptorial Legs

Diagram of raptorial legsphoto of a mantid

In insects with raptorial legs the forelegs are modified for grasping. These types of legs are seen in praying mantids (photo above) - predatory insects that use their forelegs to catch and hold their prey. Most mantids eat insects but some are large enough to handle frogs and small reptiles.

Photo of chinese mantid courtesy of Ronald F. Billings, Texas Forest Service. Image 3227042. www.insectimages.org.