The Chinese Mantid (Tenodera aridifolia) is our largest and most common local species of Mantid. Specimens may average 70 to 90 mm in length. This species was introduced from China around 1896 in hopes that it would become a beneficial insect.
The similar European Mantis may reach only 65 mm in length and lacks the darker green wing streaks as illustrated in my photo of the Chinese Mantid.
This specimen was photographed on a shrub in front of the Pittsylvania County School Board Building in Chatham, Virginia. My color side is dated September, 1973.
(Also see this photograph in larger format.)
Copyright © 2006 William T. Hathaway.