Devil’s horse
   In Ozark folklore, the colloquial name for the praying mantis. It is considered bad luck to disturb a praying mantis, because it might spit tobacco juice into one’s eye and cause blindness. In some rural parts, the Devil’s horse is thought, falsely, to be poisonous.

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