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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Information on Praying Mantis

Praying mantis with babies. Ive looked this up and looked for other photos I can’t find any info?
I'm not an expert on Praying mantis either. There are two species found commonly in Michigan: The European Praying Mantis (Mantis religiosa) and the Chinese Praying Mantis (Tenodera aridifolia).
The European mantis is usually 2–3 inches in length, and has shades of bright green to tan. It can be distinguished easily by a black-ringed spot beneath the fore coxae. The Chinese mantis is a long, slender, brown and green praying mantis. It is typically longer reaching just over 4 inches and its color can vary from overall green to brown with a green lateral stripe on the borders of each side of the front wings in the brown color form.

Mating and egg laying take place in September or early October. The female is larger than the males. Once mated the female lays a mass of eggs on a plant stem that hardens and won't hatch until late May or early June in Michigan. The nymphs are tiny versions of the adults without wings. You can watch the video below to learn more: https://youtu.be/urk-_Uh2vbg
 
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