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Praying Mantis

Mantis religiosa

Description:

The praying mantis I found was on my front porch and stayed there for about a week. It was about four inches long and was a brownish green color.

Habitat:

The praying mantis tends to live in grassy and temperate climates. They typically choose areas that they are able to use their camouflage to blend in with the surroundings.

Notes:

Mantids tend to eat smaller bugs. They use their careful camouflage to hide from predators such as birds and small rodents like squirrels. They grow to be about .5 to 6 inches in length. They live anywhere from 2 to 14 months typically.

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Tenodera
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2 Comments

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 7 years ago

Beautiful find! The coloration and shape of this mantis is more consistent with a Chinese Mantid. Here is a link to images of Mantis religiosa (European Mantis) so you can compare to the pictures in the link I provided in my ID suggestion:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/22947

I hope this helps!

Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 7 years ago

Not Mantis religiosa. Probably Chinese Mantis.

katherinediane424
Spotted by
katherinediane424

Illinois, USA

Spotted on Dec 5, 2013
Submitted on Dec 5, 2013

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