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  • Chinese Mantis - (Tenodera aridifolia)

    Chinese Mantis - (Tenodera aridifolia)

    The hard-working Chinese Mantid is an efficient killing machine, saving gardens from insect pest destruction.

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    Staff Writer (1/27/2014): The Chinese Mantis, or Mantid, is a member of the Praying Mantis family. Its coloration is mostly brown, though they can also be green and even shades of gray. Chinese Mantis wings always extend beyond their abdomen ('tail'). They can be found by flowers in gardens, parks, along the road and in orchards.

    They were introduced to this continent in the late 1890's. They have voracious appetites for garden insects and are extremely beneficial to have around. Females need a lot of energy to make eggs and will eat any insect they can catch. This often means beetles and aphids that usually destroy flowers are removed from the area, sparing the plants. The Chinese Mantis is so welcome in gardens that their eggs are often purchased in garden stores and online so that they are ready to hunt when summer rolls around.

    Females are larger than males. They have been known to eat the male after reproducing. Eggs are laid along the bottom of twigs and branches. They look like flat disks, or pumpkin seeds (pepitas).

    While any Praying Mantis is a treat to observe, it is best to leave it in its natural habitat where it can hunt all day long. Attempts to keep mantises as 'pets' results in starving them to death because humans cannot possibly feed it as often as it would need. Mantises do not 'look' hungry, but they always are.

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    Chinese Mantis

    Category: Mantid
    Common name: Chinese Mantis
    Scientific Name: Tenodera aridifolia
    Other Names: Chinese Mantid, Praying Mantis

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

    Size (Adult, Length): 80mm to 105mm (3.15in to 4.13in)

    Identifying Colors: green, brown, gray

    Additional Descriptors: stick, slow, praying, arms

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Tennessee; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec;

    * 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.

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