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Sinensis, Religiosa, or Carolina?

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DescriptionSpecies
Largest mantis species in North America
Genus Tenodera
Has a bold green stripe along the edge of the forewing
European Mantis
Wings only extend three quarters of the way down the abdomen in mature females
Facial shield (plate below antennal insertion and between the eyes) is relatively long and narrow
Identified in 1763, featured in the Centuria Insectorum (one-hundred insects), and discovered by Carl Linnaeus
Front coxa has large black-ringed spot
Genus Mantis
State insect of South Carolina
Native to America
Introduced from China in 1896 to combat pests
Accidentally introduced in 1899 on nursery stock from southern Europe
Chinese Mantis
Genus Stagmomantis

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