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Chinese Mantis (Tenodera aridifolia)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Chinese Mantis.


 Updated: 2/15/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org



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The hard-working Chinese Mantid is an efficient killing machine, eating its way through pesky insects that damage gardens.





The Chinese Mantis, or Mantid, is a member of the Praying Mantis family. The first pair of legs are thick and bent, looking more like arms than legs. The other pairs of legs are thin and twig-like. The body is mostly brown, though it can also be green and even shades of gray. Chinese Mantis' long slender wings always extend beyond the abdomen. Wings lay flat on the abdomen when not flying. The large eyes are on the sides of the head. Long, wiry antennae sweep the area like a metal detector. Females are larger than males and both genders can fly. Females are known for eating males after reproducing with them. Fertilized eggs are laid along the bottom of twigs and branches and look like flat disks, or pumpkin seeds. Adults can be found near flowers in gardens, parks, along the road, and in orchards.

The Chinese Mantid was introduced to this continent in the late 1890's. They have voracious appetites for garden insects and are extremely beneficial to have around. They are not discriminatory. The Mantid's natural diet often means insects typically known for destroying flowers and fruit are removed from the area. The Chinese Mantis and its relatives are so welcome in gardens that their eggs are often purchased in garden stores or online for deliberate propagation. Mantids have been kept as indoor insect pets, but serve such an important role in a garden ecosystem, they are more valuable outdoors. If captured in order to observe up close, releasing it at dusk allows it to get back to its useful work.
Basic Information
Common Name: Chinese Mantis
Other Name(s): Chinese Mantid, Praying Mantis
Scientific Name: Tenodera aridifolia
Category: Mantid


General Identification
Size (Adult; Length): 80mm to 105mm (3.12in to 4.10in)
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Identifying Colors: green, brown, gray
Additional Descriptors: stick, slow, praying, arms




Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Mantodea
Family: Mantidae
Genus: Tenodera
Species: aridifolia




Territorial Reach (A-to-Z)
Note: An insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed below as they are driven by environmental factors (such as climate change), available food supplies and mating patterns. Grayed-out selections below indicate that the subject in question has not been reported in that particular territory. U.S. states and Canadian provinces / territories are clickable to their respective bug listings.
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Territorial Area Map (Visual Reference Guide)
The map below showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Chinese Mantis may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data can be useful in seeing concentrations of a particular species over the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some species are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America.
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