Female found on UIUC Research Park feeding on gravid female differential grasshopper. The mantis was kept in the laboratory and produced an ootheca on 18 October 2012.
Just hanging out in the walkway. Very large and lacking the bulls-eye that a European Mantis would have.
Large tan-phase chinese mantid who had just laid her egg case on the plastic lumber deck railings at Elk Meadow picnic area, near Orick, CA.
A Chinese Mantis feeding on the remains of a male Monarch Butterfly at Trustom Pond NWR.
A Chinese Mantis eggcase at Trustom Pond NWR. The Chinese Mantis eggcases are typically larger and more spherical than those of the European Mantis.
A Chinese Mantis at Trustom Pond NWR. I saw about a dozen of them all in the section of the trail that cuts through the main field. They were mostly on the gravel of the trail itself and not in the tall grass beside the trail. I've never before seen so many adults at one time.
The Chinese mantis (Tenodera sinensis) is a species of praying mantis. Originating from China, they were first introduced to North America around 1895 as a source of pest control. Since then, the species has spread throughout much of southern New England, and the Northeast United States, and ootheca can be purchased from plant nurseries nationwide. The Chinese mantis looks like a long and slender praying mantis, with different shades of brown. The adult has a green...