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Monday Morning Mystery 08222022

Preying Mantis

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My wife Patty spotted this dude while gardening. As she suspected, this mantis appears to be an invasive one (as opposed to simply non-native) -- a Chinese Mantis that preys on pollinators, other beneficial bugs, small hummingbirds and more.

What is the difference between a Preying Mantis and a Praying Mantis?  The latter is usually seen near Jack in the Pulpits.

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You can read more about Chinese Mantises here:

https://www.inaturalist.org/guide_taxa/348934

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