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  • Carolina Mantis - (Stagmomantis carolina)

    Carolina Mantis - (Stagmomantis carolina)

    The Carolina Mantis has made its way across most of the continent, making it possible for most gardeners to see one in person.


    Picture of Carolina Mantis


    Staff Writer (12/18/2013): This is the most common mantis found across North America and it comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Some are very green, while others are gray or brownish. Their bodies are clearly mantis-like though: narrow at the thorax ('chest' area) and thicker at the abdomen with a discernible head featuring thin antenna and bulbous eyes.

    Like other praying mantises, the Carolina Mantis exhibits a "praying" pose with its front pair of legs, hence its name. These legs are substantially thicker than the rear pairs of limbs. Wings are tucked along the top of the abdomen when at rest.

    The Carolina Mantis is a gardener's best friend. It consumes a huge quantity of pest insects that would otherwise damage or destroy flowers and produce. Mantis eggs can even be purchased online at the start of summer so gardeners can hatch a population of them. They are to be admired, but left alone, so that they may continue playing out their role in the garden ecosystem.

    The females of the species have a wider abdomen than their male counterparts and are generally larger in overall size when compared. Carolina Mantises are also known to eat the male even while in the process of mating!

    Females can usually be found more easily. They sit on flowers, garden plants and shrubs, waiting for insect prey to come along. They lay eggs in groups on twigs or branches and cover them with a foam that seals in moisture so the eggs do not dry out. Small nymphs hatch in the spring.

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    Carolina Mantis


    Category: Mantid
    Common name: Carolina Mantis
    Scientific Name: Stagmomantis carolina
    Other Names: Praying Mantis

    Taxonomy:
      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Mantodea
          Family: Mantidae
           Genus: Stagmomantis
            Species: carolina

    Size (Adult, Length): 48mm to 60mm (1.89in to 2.36in)

    Identifying Colors: green; brown; black; gray

    Additional Descriptors: praying, mantid


    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Mexico


    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.