earlier today a praying mantis got on my daughters face and I was told that they can spit and if they spit in your eyes they can cause serious damage to the eyes. Does anyone know if this is true or not? Thanks Mariah
I myself, as long as I have raised praying mantis, have never heard of one spitting on anything. Praying mantis are not that violent toward humans. The only thing that I have seen my praying mantis do is pinch but never spit
If it was a walkingstick and it got her, you'd know... I wouldn't worry about it though, when I was a kid I'd pick them and hold them. I saw them shoot the venom, but unless you were trying to eat it (ie face level with it, chasing it with your mouth, etc) you wouldn't get hit. They don't have *that* good of an aim.
I found another site on the web that said this: "A person in Florida was sprayed by a Two-lined Walkingstick, Anisomorpha buprestoides. It seems this particular species has a defense mechanism that doesn't do any permanent damage, but causes temporary vision problems and discomfort."