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PostInsect Rod on 12/17/2016, 3:04 pm

Our wild praying mantis.
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PostInsect Rod on 12/17/2016, 3:55 pm

Another view.
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PostT.C. on 12/17/2016, 4:17 pm

Nice, how long is he? He looks a little larger than others I have seen.
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PostInsect Rod on 12/17/2016, 4:31 pm

I didn`t take any measurements with this mantis but the cap is a standard size cap. No doubt longer than most I have ever seen in this area.
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PostT.C. on 12/17/2016, 11:16 pm

huh, super awesome anyways.
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PostInsect Rod on 12/20/2016, 3:12 pm

One last photo, looks like a fairly good match with the hat
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PostT.C. on 12/20/2016, 4:03 pm

How old is it? It's got to be getting up there by the looks of him. I am actually kind of jealous.
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PostInsect Rod on 12/20/2016, 4:40 pm

Not sure of the age but rather healthy, good insects are extremely beneficial, a healthy area is beneficial.
The trees in the background of first photo`s was the last place I observed this mantis.
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PostT.C. on 12/20/2016, 5:29 pm

Super awesome anyway. I'd love to have that guy myself.
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Postmothman27 on 1/3/2017, 9:59 pm

Looks like a Chinese Mantis

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PostInsect Rod on 1/4/2017, 4:26 pm

I think you are right, Chinese Mantis. I visually labeled it Chinese also.
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PostCanadian anter on 1/4/2017, 8:02 pm

Definetly Tenodora sinensis
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Postfatality on 10/29/2017, 11:57 am

That is the biggest mantis I ever saw. How long is he now? is mantis good for a pet insect? Do they sting when you touch them?
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PostInsect Rod on 10/29/2017, 3:40 pm

This one was not a pet, just a casual insect eater around our back patio porch, so more than likely he or she lived out its life span at some point in time and i`m not sure if this mantis grew anymore.
They do have chewing mouth parts but nothing a human should be really concerned about. No sting..
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PostT.C. on 10/30/2017, 12:14 am

Sting? Who ever told you they sting? Shocked
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Postzoldos on 11/1/2017, 3:10 am

Ah, the Prey Mantis, the king of insects. Definitely my favorite type of insect. Don't see too many here tho. I live in the South. But I've seen a few!
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PostInsect Rod on 11/1/2017, 10:01 pm

Thanks all, glad you took a visit with a king of insects..
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Postzoldos on 11/2/2017, 5:07 pm

I'm pretty sure they are protected by US law as well.
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PostT.C. on 11/2/2017, 5:12 pm

There is not a federal or state law protecting mantids. Not sure who told you that?
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PostChicken_zapper100 on 11/2/2017, 7:08 pm

Well, Connecticut is protecting the preying mantis
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PostT.C. on 11/2/2017, 7:13 pm

Is it a particular species? I have never heard of that.
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PostInsect Rod on 11/2/2017, 8:12 pm

I have never heard of any laws protecting these mantids, but I haven`t had the time to look either. I would find it extremely difficult if not impossible to enforce such law. Crop dusters kill off all sorts of insects down this way and lots of other people kill any insect that stings or crawls.
Good luck with any insect law.
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Postzoldos on 11/3/2017, 11:53 pm

Hmmm....I have no idea really then. It's something I heard a long time ago. But agreed, how the heck could they enforce it!?

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