Chinese Mantis - Tenodera sinensis
The Chinese mantis is a long, slender, brown and green praying mantis. It is typically longer than other praying mantises species reaching just over 11 cm and is the largest mantis species in North America. Its color can vary from overall green to brown with a green lateral stripe on the borders of the front wings.
Habitat: I spotted this mantis on my deck - it was trying to clean some debris off its leg.
The Chinese mantis is a species of praying mantis native to China and other parts of Asia and islands of islands off of mainland Asia. At around 1896 this species was accidentally introduced by a nurseryman at Mt. Airy near Philadelphia, PA. ''Tenodera sinensis'' often is erroneously referred to as ''Tenodera aridifolia sinensis'' because it was at first described as a subspecies of ''Tenodera aridifolia'', but ''Tenodera sinensis'' is now established as a full species.
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