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European mantis

Praying mantis
Mantis religiosa
Adult female Lisbon, Portugal
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Mantodea
Family: Mantidae
Subfamily: Mantinae
Tribe: Mantini
Genus: Mantis
Species: M. religiosa
Binomial name
Mantis religiosa
(Linnaeus, 1758)

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Mantis religiosa, with the common name praying mantis, and outside Europe the European mantis, is an insect in the family Mantidae. It is one of the most well-known and widespread species of the order Mantodea, the Mantis.

It is an example of a common name for a single insect species becoming used for a larger group of related species. "Mantis" now refers to the insect order Mantodea, and the other families, genera, and species within it. Other examples are "hornet" and "wasp."


Mantis religiosa is native to Europe, Asia, and Africa. It was introduced to North America in 1899 on a shipment of nursery plants from southern Europe. Now it is found from the Northeastern United States to the Pacific Northwest, and across Canada.

Despite being an introduced species, it is the official state insect of Connecticut.[1]

Mantis religiosa, female with indicative marking (black spot) on fore coxa


The European mantis is usually 5–7.5 cm (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.


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  1. ^ The State Insect; retrieved on August 09, 2010
  2. ^
  3. ^ 항라사마귀
  4. ^ "Taxa hierarchy". 
  5. ^ Mantis religiosa

External links

Data related to Mantis religiosa at Wikispecies

  • )Mantis religiosaPhotographs of European Mantis (
  • A European Mantis feeding on a variety of insects
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