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Chinese Mantid (eating a katydid)

Tenodera sinensis sinensis


A Chinese Mantid spotted along the boardwalk that goes through the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park. The three-photo set is shown in reverse chronological order. Photo 1 (of 3) shows the mantid eating a Handsome Meadow Katydid (Orchelimum pulchellum). Special thanks to "Small Wonders" for identifying the katydid! Related Resources: 1) Handsome Meadow Katydid 2) Small Wonders


Huntley Meadows Park, a 1,425 acre wetland area in Fairfax County, Virginia USA. Related Resource:


Copyright © 2013 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.


ChunXingWong 6 years ago

Great shot !

Geodialist 7 years ago

Thanks for the invitation, ForestDragon! Done.

ForestDragon 7 years ago

Please consider adding this to the Marvelous Mantids of the World mission!

Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 7 years ago

Oh, I just found a small female Chinese Mantis a few minutes ago! I found a bigger brown female Chinese Mantis yesterday. Interesting right? They are common here in Wake Forest NC

Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 7 years ago

OK, haha. I am not certain from these pics though. I have seen pictures of Tenodera angustipennis with a kind of yellow dot instead of orange. Yours is probably Chinese Mantis because they are much more common. But in some areas the T. angustipennis might be kind of common just kind of scattered or consentrated in some places.

In the title of your picture you wrote Tenodera sinensis sinensis. I do not think there is another subspecies. Typo?

Geodialist 7 years ago

Gee, is my face red or what? Turns out I mixed up the two species when I compared photos. (Oh no, are the "Senior Moments" starting already?) I stand corrected: ForestDragon and Mr. Goldfish correctly ID-ed the species of mantid. Thanks, guys!

Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 7 years ago

How is yours different? It does not look like a Mantis religiosa to me.

Geodialist 7 years ago

Thanks for the species ID, "ForestDragon." I don't think my specimen is a Chinese Mantid. I looked closely at the photos on BugGuide; in contrast with my photos, the two specimens appear to differ in several key characteristics. If you're interested in continuing the conversation, then I can list the apparent differences in a follow-up comment.

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Spotted on Oct 31, 2013
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