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The Chinese mantis
(Tenodera aridifolia sinensis
) is a species of 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. The Chinese mantis
looks like a long and slender praying mantis
, with different shades of brown. The adult has a green lateral line down its wing. It is typically larger than most other mantis
es, growing up to 15 cm (6 inches) in length, and are the largest mantis
species in North America.
Their diet consists primarily of other insects, though adult females can sometimes take down small vertebrate prey such as reptiles and amphibians (some have also been documented predating on hummingbird
s). Like other mantid
s, they are known to be cannibalistic.
Their color can vary from overall green to brown with a green lateral stripe on the edge of the front wings. In low light the eyes of the mantis
appear black, but in daylight appear to be clear.
Developed in the Shandong province of China in the mid-1600's, Praying Mantis
kung-fu is based on the quick movements and techniques of the Praying Mantis
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