Mantis religiosa, referred to as the European mantis outside of Europe (and known simply as the praying mantis in Europe and elsewhere), is one of the most well-known and widespread species of the order Mantodea. Originating in southern Europe, the European mantis was introduced to North America in 1899 on a shipment of nursery plants. Now they are found all over north-eastern America (east of the Mississippi River) to the Pacific Northwest. The European mantis is usually 2-3 inches in length, and has shades of bright green to tan...
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