The Meaning of a Praying Mantis Sighting

The Meaning of a Praying Mantis Sighting

A Spiritual Symbol of Peace and Patience

The Praying Mantis naturally attracts attention. Its beautiful color and graceful form command us to look and ponder. Encountering these remarkable insects may indicate that Spirit is speaking to you in an important way. Are you willing to listen?

What Is a Praying Mantis?

Praying mantises are carnivorous insects that, as adults, are about the size of a teacup. They get their name from the shape and position of their front legs, which resemble the arms and hands of a person at prayer. The praying mantis enjoys a diet of live insects, including grasshoppers, flies, and moths.

Because of their unusual and human-like appearance, some people opt to keep praying mantises as pets. Since keeping an insect as a pet is relatively unusual, the attraction that some people have to these creatures is itself a sign that a praying mantis sighting is not something that should be dismissed.

Praying Mantis Symbolism

Anyone who is fortunate enough to experience a praying mantis sighting finds their unique appearance mesmerizing; however, spotting a praying mantis isn’t an easy thing to do. That’s because they are masters of camouflage. If you do spy a praying mantis as you are going about your everyday business, you should consider whether you are experiencing heightened levels of awareness.

Oddly, their stillness and contemplative state seem to affect those who spot them in a similar way. When we spot a praying mantis, we stare at and observe them just as much as they stare at and observe us.

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Spiritually speaking, the praying mantis is the symbol of peaceful meditation, silence in prayer, and mindfulness. This could be an indication that you need to incorporate one or more spiritual practices into your daily schedule.

According to sunsigns.org, the praying mantis is known for its pre-strike pose. This is a popular symbol of balance and patience. Therefore, a praying mantis sighting can often be the Universe’s way of telling us to slow down. They’re here to remind us to get in touch with our spiritual, thoughtful side again.

Is a Praying Mantis Good Luck?

The praying mantis has a large appetite for other insects that grows as it gets older; however, they always wait for the perfect moment to strike. They are both patient and precise when on the hunt for food. In fact, they will wait to attack their prey only when they are 100% sure of achieving their goal. They intellectually know that being too anxious or moving too fast will cause them to lose the object of their desire. 

In turn, they teach us to be patient and to wait. As the old adage says, “Good things come to those who wait.” This is the very essence of good luck. If you have spotted a praying mantis, encounter one in a dream, or are exposed to a picture of a praying mantis online or in a book, this may be a sign that good luck will come to you when you are able to observe an opportunity and are ready to take it.

Praying Mantis Meaning Within Cultures

In China and Japan, the praying mantis is revered for its graceful movements and contemplative ways. In fact, the praying mantis’ movements have actually inspired at least two known styles of ancient Chinese martial arts.

According to South African National Biodiversity Institute, if you find a praying mantis inside your house, it indicates the presence of ancestors. It’s also a symbol of good luck. However, due to its cunning skills in hunting and its razor-like precision, (with legs that look like razors or saws), some cultures view him as a sign that the enemy is near. The praying mantis may also be a reminder to act more mindfully. This makes a praying mantis sighting a double-edged sword.

Praying Mantis Spiritual Messenger

The word “mantis” comes from the Greek language, and its meaning is “prophet” or “seer.” It is also related to the word “menos” which means, “spirit” and “passion.” Therefore, the praying mantis is often seen as a symbol of someone with clairvoyant abilities as well as someone who is a master at meditation.

Even in the healing arts, it’s not unusual for the spirit of the praying mantis to be summoned and channeled. However, in order for this to happen, the healer must first enter a quiet, contemplative state where they can get in touch with their higher knowing. Then like the mantis, they must pinpoint the precise area on which to concentrate their focus. Once that meditative connection occurs, it allows them to focus on the subject at hand and achieve the desired effect.

Like many insects and small animals, Spirit will often use the praying mantis to send a message to whoever it chooses. Should you be the recipient of such a message in the form of a praying mantis sighting, the likely meaning is to remind you to slow down and enjoy each moment of each day and the connections you make with other people. Someone who can’t focus or who’s constantly running around mindlessly doing a million things at once is a likely recipient of such a message.

Praying Mantis as Totem Animal

Although it is an insect, we refer to the praying mantis and all other forms of non-human spirits as animal spirits or totems. As you may have learned in previous articles about spirit animals, they tend to choose us rather than the other way around.

If you identify with the praying mantis as one of your totem animals, then you have likely achieved a real place of peace and understanding within yourself and it guides all of your actions. You are not one who quickly rushes to action or judgment without first thinking it out and envisioning the outcome of any forward movement. Like the praying mantis, this will make all of your endeavors decisive and focused, and you are likely to achieve your goals with a little thought and precise action.


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46 thoughts on “The Meaning of a Praying Mantis Sighting

  1. Cole

    My girlfriend and I keep spotting praying mantises everywhere we go. We are in a long distance relationship, she being from California and I being from Ontario. Everytime we go somewhere within our own region we see one, usually big and green and they are in plain sight like they want us to see them. I cant help but feel like they are trying to tell us something.

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  2. CJ Anderson

    Early this morning I notice a small praying mantis on the railing of my front porch. He has been there all day and is still there this evening. I read that they are a symbol of peace and mindfulness and he comes to me at a time when I needed this spiritual nod/

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  3. Paris

    Today was the second time in a week that I have had a visitation from a preying mantis. My garage which normally stays closed had one on the wall, a week ago and today, one flew on the car window, walked down onto the sideview mirror and turned its head directly to me as if it were going to say something. This is no coincidence, so I blessed its presence. I feel like their is a message but I do not know what it is. But after reading, I will begin being more mindful of silence and peace for the answers.

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  4. Ilana

    Today we found a Praying Mantis On our window. I suggested that we move the plant standing on our windowsill closer, so that the Mantis may sit on the plant and then we could carry the plant along with it outside, if the Mantis didn’t leave on its own. I thought that, for tonight, leaving the Mantis undisturbed was a perfectly good idea, and we left the room. We returned to find that “she” had laid a cocoon on the plant. Right now, she is sleeping with her head upside down and we are thinking of carrying the entire plant outdoors tomorrow, since we aren’t ready to look after the babies 🙂 A good sign received peace and love be with you

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  5. Lee Price

    My husband left me while I was pregnant, I was so horrified that I fell to my knees letting out a loud painful scream. Just then, I noticed a green praying mantis on my kitchen floor. That was the only thing to snap me out of feeling like my world had ended.

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  6. Mary Barnett

    I found one in my living too about 2 in the morning and I put it in a quart jar and it stayed in there until around 8 that morning and no air holes in the jar turned it out and it would come right back to the porch anyone know why

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  7. Kammy

    Well tonight I had an encounter where one flew onto my back…I didn’t know what it was and freaked out bc it flew after me when I got up & while swatting I ended up hitting myself pretty hard… after I collected myself, I saw it sitting on the table in front of my initial encounter, fluttered its wings and followed me to my door & landed on the threshold as I walked in… just went to let my dog out & he’s still there.
    I have Nooo idea what any of that means, buuut I’m just glad that I ended up just hurting myself lol.

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  8. Nancy

    My father was dying. I’m 2000 miles away. The day before he died, I imagined a praying mantis in my window, but there was no mantis, it was a sixth of my mind at the time.

    And the very next day, there was a mantis in my window. And my father died that night.
    The mantis is gone somewhere once more ~

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    1. Cody Beaver

      Omg! That is so strange that you mention your fathers death, my father passed away November 15th 2019 and here we are October 2020 almost exactly 1 year later and I spot a praying mantis first on my backyard wall then for the past few days the mantis has been feeding on my front porch 🙂

  9. gerard

    i had one land on me then jumped on my trousers,
    i thought it was another insect and flipped it away
    when i realized i felt bad and my friend went to put his hands out it didn’t want to know
    i felt bad and put my hand out and it climbed onto my hand i said sorry
    i put it onto a plant pot and it just looked around at me for a minute and silence peace and calm i felt with him or her
    i lost my mother a month ago
    i felt it was a spirit letting me know there is peace now
    and earth needs peace

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  10. Sativa Kianna

    Last Monday evening, my husband saw a grey colored praying mantis on our back porch. Later that evening, he received a call that his mother passed away overseas. He was distraught that he would not be able to go to her funeral due to the border closing/quarantines. Anyway the memorial/funeral were virtual and it turned out beautiful. The day after the burial, we both went to to front porch and saw a dark green praying mantis in our front lawn. It has been there for 3 days now just staying still on the lamppost. We are trying to figure out what this may mean. We know that in different cultures there are several different meanings regarding the “Praying Mantis’.

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    1. Janine Bonk

      I think your husband’s mom is letting him know she is still with him and not to worry that he didn’t get to say good-bye. She still sees and hears him and knows his heart.

  11. Rachael

    I have them in my garden every year. Usually in late May Dozens of tiny babies will suddenly be all over the place. Usually 2 will hang around all summer into fall. I suppose they are mating which is why I have them every year. I currently have 4 that have made my deck flowers their home!! We love seeing and watching them. Not only are they mesmerizing They are also helpful with pests! It has been a trying year so I suppose I will take their advice and continue to look within for peace and calm. Lol!

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  12. Pau

    Many years ago I had a dream in which I was driving in my car & when I looked to my right, there was a man in the passenger seat. I was shocked to see him. He was wearing a 1930’s type coat & a hat. I asked him if he was my guardian angel & he didn’t speak, but shook his head yes. He looked like Harry Truman, so after that, every time I get into my car, I ask him to look after me.
    Well, today I got into my car, and in the passenger seat was a praying mantis. I’ve been very upset lately and I guess I needed to hear the message to be calm. I have lived here for 30 years & never seen a praying mantis before.

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    1. mitchell mia

      I was camping in the woods. Washing with the hose and a praying mantis ran up my bare leg..Strangest feeling ..guess they like water?!

  13. han

    tuesday night i poured my heart and cried because of extreme self-guilt and condemnation and then when I woke up the next morning I saw a green praying mantis on the uppermost part of our window. and somehow i knew that it was “mama”. But this morning i haven’t seen it but while I was typing in my laptop I thought I heard something near me fell but I did not saw anything then i really wondered then some minutes again there it goes – i look to my right and then I saw the green praying mantis. and I just let it crawl all over me.

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  14. Sylvia

    I had a praying mantis sitting on top of my head and I was scared cos I’m afraid of insects then my husband told me to carry on doing what I was doing it will eventually move and he said it was good luck but I still don’t have an idea why did it sit on my head like for a minute

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  15. Florence Mulwanyi

    The first time I saw a Praying Mantist, i killed it I thought it brings bad luck because of it’s slow motions.
    On the Friday 17th January, 2020.
    While we were praying with my three children in de evening at around 11:00pm. My second born saw Praying Mantist, he got scared and I was about to kill like I did 2yrs ago.
    However, I got my phone and I started searching about this creature. Most comments i show with my children show dat the creature was a good sign if it is seen. We continued praying and we left it near the TV since we even didn’t now how it came.

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  16. Donna Carpenter

    I had a praying mantis on my living roon window. the first day i saw it; It was sitting up like they are supposed to. The second day i saw it it was sideways on my window I didn/t know the symbolosm behind them until i looked it up I was totally suprised about what i read about them. I hope it is a sign of good things to come.

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  17. Mae Anderson

    Went to open my sliding glass doors to my deck early morning and huge praying mantis was on the screen. We came seriously close like eye to eye. Lol. I went out to my deck via another door and came up to him catching him in a plastic container. Showed him to my elderly neighbor an ex nurse. He was seriously looking at her then me then back to her. He was clearly looking back & forth at the two of our faces while we checked him out. We were laughing & smiling and he seemed interested in us.

    I poked holes in the plastic container so he could breathe. Then lay on my yoga mat & meditated about all the things he represents like, STILLNESS, BALANCE, CALMNESS, INTUITION, PATIENCE, CREATIVITY, AWARENESS & MEDIATION.

    I believe it is my mother who was a nurse who passed away connecting with me from the world of spirit. I thought about keeping it but, didn’t want to hurt it so I released it on the backyard wall. Am sad that it is gone and hoping it will return.

    What an experience. I feel very lucky.

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    1. Spha

      Hi i was busy outside with electricity and there was nothing in front of me but the electricity box all then i bent down to pick up my screw driver all of a sudden i see a pray mantis this one is unusual the call it an empusa from italy then at night iy moved to my door nd the next morning another one came different tyoe but usual one and im feeling different all i do is thank the lord above for communicating with me in different ways amen

  18. Brenda

    I saw a praying mantis one night at work, at the time did not know what it was so I brushed it away. As I got up to go back in the building after smoking, it was still there! I was afraid of it, told my husband what I saw and he told me what it was. I have been looking for every night, never saw it again. Hope it will continue to watch over me.

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    1. John a Tavernie

      I had one in the car looking at me I said hey and then it jumped on me and I killed it out of fear and reaction, as it flutterd dying it was transmitting through the raidio, it scared the shit out of me, I started to think i was hallucinating but my dad found it later on the back floor board. I also had a dream with a human sized one just staring at me when i was a kid. The car incident just recently happened.

  19. Frank Thomas

    It’s a simple message from God who created the Praying Mantis for his good purpose…

    2 Chronicles 7:14 King James Version (KJV)
    14. If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

    Pray, for prayer has always been Gods method of communication and a Praying Mantis, couldn’t make that any more
    clearer.

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  20. Gayle Svane

    Yesterday I smudged my house with sage and today I had a praying mantis crawl up my back door and he/she is now perched in hiding at the top of the door frame. Coincidence?

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    1. Shawna

      I have had a praying mantis perched on top of my door frame for 4 days now… it came out of no where and won’t leave… it’s bizarre

  21. Vickie

    I had one in my bedroom in the window that was open and the screen was down and it was in my room on my bday on November2 I didn’t think they should be around in November. It was just looking at me and my granddaughter it didn’t spit it just jumped on my clothes so I left out the room and ask my brother to get it out and he put it out in the backyard. It was very different to see one but it was my bday maybe someone love me and came to say hello lol

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  22. Nikita

    Hi so I just want to know something?
    For the past few days I have had at least three different looking praying mantis outside
    Two that have been sitting on my kids trampoline and the other was on my rubbish bin I just want to know what that means because in my culture if a praying mantis is hanging around doesn’t matter how much it means someone’s pregnant and I am not ready to have more kids just yet so what else could that mean please

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  23. Ann M Lars

    I saw a praying mantis on the wall of an apartment we were renting. It was around 10pm, we came back from my sister house also the day we buried my father. The sight of it looking at me freaked me out. It’s a relatively new unit and we were on the 10th floor. Next day I googled on appearance of praying mantis- says it’s time for meditation. Hope my dad is in a calm and peaceful place.

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  24. Hana

    Ummm….. i bought my mantis (African green) in a local pet shop (UK). Ive considered mantis in the past and now suddenly time was right and go get it. Been fascinated ever since, making her better and bigger enclosures. She has such interesting behaviours.
    She sure is mediative…. but just as much she is a cunning predator.
    I saw a slogan carrying a mantis message. It was: Hold fast and bite hard.
    I so much need that message in my life but I didnt know it. I thing my mantis came to teach me it, and many other things. May I be a good keeper to her!

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  25. Reverie

    Found a corner of a piece of paper beside the lint filter while drying laundry. Only the typed word praying mantis. So, I’ll be sitting still for a minute. Everything in this article is relevant to my current situation. Thank you for the read.

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  26. Renee Nichols

    To meet this beautifully skilled form was my delight I paused and took notice of the shape, brightness of color and sharpness of the legs. I knew this was to be a revered moment. I lowered to meet the gaze and listen. We met outside near the dog park he was just there on the pavement near the entrance to the recycling and refuse room. He climbed upon my hand and I set him on a ledge so he wouldn’t be stepped on. I saw him several times over the week how marvelous as with each meeting I took measure of the serendipities of our life paths crossing and heard the silence of peace.

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  27. Jean

    My brother was the smartest person I knew and we were very close. Before he died I asked him what he thought he would come back as. He couldn’t say. 2 years after he passed i went to visit his grave with my 11 yr old daughter who is autistic. A praying mantis was on the stone and followed her as she laughed and circled the stone. I knew it was my brother telling me he is watching over her.

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    1. LR

      I also saw a praying Mantis and my daughter said it means Good Luck! I believe it also It’s odd and rare to see this insect in everyday life.It’s a beautiful sign and omen from God!

  28. Richard martino

    friday night oct 26 there was a mantis on my stoop, i thought it was a grasshopper, so i pushed it and it went up this stairs, then sat it came back so i put it in a container and took it in the house, then a friend told me it was a preying mantis and to let it go. so i did and it came right back. hes out there now. what could this be,

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  29. Dawn Johnson

    I had a one outside my bedroom window just looking at me , I called my son in to see it , he was so amazed to see one. It’s not the first time a had a (Praying Mantis ) visit me. I had a ex-boyfriend tell me ,that I looked like one too.

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  30. Jess

    I feel off kklter and like I’m being back stabbed at work. On my break I saw a mantis on the wall outside. Is this a sign that my gut feeling is correct and that I have an enemy trying to thwart my success?

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  31. CATLYN SMELTZER

    I have one who comes to see me every morning for the past 2 week same spot I have named her Kay’Lee after my daughter who passed away 2 months ago I think it her way of telling her mommy she is still here with me gonna order some matis food online for her

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  32. Laurie

    I had a praying mantis on my windshield when I got off of work and it stayed on there during the ride home (work is like 2 minutes away)! It came to and from work with me for 2 or 3 days! I was actually really sad when he was gone!

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    1. Alissa

      I had one on my drivers side mirror on the way to work this morning. Poor lil guy/gal had to be clinging to life on that mirror the whole way this morning. It’s so representational of life (or maybe just mine in particular), everything goes so fast, and we just need to hang on, and hope the “driver” gets us to our next stop safely. Blessed with the spirit animal’s presence today. 🙂 <3

  33. Eileen McCafferty

    I have seen them a few times, and I looked it up and this was true to me at the time. Love this kind of stuff.

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    1. Laurie

      Dear Eileen: Thanks for sharing your praying mantis story. I think they’re so awesome looking. We love that you love this kind of stuff – so do we!
      ~LJ

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