Chinese Mantis Tenodera sinensis (Otte & Spearman, 2004)Non-native  Synonyms: Chinese Mantid, Chinese Praying Mantis, Tenodera parasinensis, Tenodera sinensis sinensis.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Mantodea   >   Family Mantidae   >   Genus Tenodera   

Status:

Introduced to the U.S. in 1896 as a means of pest control. Has been recorded in all Maryland counties (K. Anderson).

Description:

In adults, the vertically lined faced and a yellow spot between the raptorial arms are helpful for discriminating from our region's native Carolina Mantis. Very similar Narrow-winged Mantis has an orange spot between raptorial arms. Egg case (oothecae) shape is also helpful in identifying species. Unidentified Tenodera should be posted as Chinese/Narrow-winged Mantis.

There are 132 records in the project database.

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A Chinese Mantis in Montgomery Co., Maryland (8/24/2014). Photo by Bonnie Bell. (MBP list)

A Chinese Mantis in Montgomery Co., Maryland (8/18/2013). Photo by Philip Brody. (MBP list)

A Chinese Mantis in Kent Co., Maryland (9/1/2013). Photo by Ashley Bradford. (MBP list)

A Chinese Mantis eating a female Eastern Tiger swallowtail in Dorchester Co., Maryland (9/15/2012). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Chinese Mantis in Montgomery Co., Maryland (9/3/2015). Photo by Wendy R. Fredericks. (MBP list)

Chinese Mantis in Caroline Co., Maryland (10/17/2016). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

A Chinese Mantis in Prince George's Co., Maryland (9/12/2012). Photo by Barbara Thurlow. (MBP list)

A Chinese Mantis in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (10/10/2012). David Illig notes that "in addition to two large compound eyes the animal has three small ocelli (simple eyes) on top of its head." Photo by David Illig. (MBP list)

A male and female Chinese Mantis in Baltimore City, Maryland (9/21/2014). Verified by John Stanard/BugGuide. Photo by Derek Hudgins. (MBP list)

A Chinese Mantis in Worcester Co., Maryland (9/12/2013). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

A Chinese Mantis in Calvert Co., Maryland (9/15/2010). Photo by Mary B. Hollinger. (MBP list)

A Chinese Mantis in Baltimore Co., Maryland (8/8/2014). Photo by Brandon Woo. (MBP list)

A Chinese Mantis in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (10/17/2017). Photo by David Illig. (MBP list)

A Chinese Mantis in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/1/2016). Photo by Tyler Bell. (MBP list)

A Chinese Mantis in Kent Co., Maryland (11/15/2015). Photo by Nancy Martin. (MBP list)

A Chinese Mantis in Baltimore Co., Maryland (9/30/2017). Photo by Anthony VanSchoor. (MBP list)

A Chinese Mantis in Prince George's Co., Maryland (8/19/2006). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

A Chinese Mantis in Harford Co., Maryland (8/23/2017). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

A female Chinese Mantis depositing her egg case in Baltimore City, Maryland (9/24/2006). Photo by Thomas Wilson. (MBP list)

Chinese Mantis in Caroline Co., Maryland (10/23/2005). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

A Chinese Mantis egg case in Montgomery Co., Maryland (3/11/2016). Photo by Bonnie Bell. (MBP list)

A Chinese Mantis egg case in Frederick Co., Maryland (4/16/2017). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A Chinese Mantis egg case in Howard Co., Maryland (3/9/2015). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Chinese Mantis in Harford Co., Maryland (8/13/2018). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

A Chinese Mantis egg case in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (2/24/2013). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Chinese Mantises in Dorchester Co., Maryland (9/15/2018). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

A Chinese Mantis egg case (right) and a Narrow-winged Mantis egg case (left) in Kent Co., Maryland (4/14/2017). Determined by Kris Anderson. Photo by Dan Small. (MBP list)

A Chinese Mantis (back) and a Narrow-winged Mantis (front) in Cecil Co., Maryland (9/27/2017). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

A Chinese Mantis in Allegany Co., Maryland (9/15/2017). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

A Chinese Mantis predated by a Gray Catbird in Cape May Co., New Jersey (8/5/2012). Photo by Sam Galick. (MBP list)


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