6 Chinese Mantis

Thanks to pop culture, the praying mantis has always been displayed as a cool insect but their appeal can instantly change when they look abnormally gigantic. The Chinese mantis looks long and slender like its close relative but its typically longer than most praying mantises as it reaches just over 4.3 inches in length.

Native to China, they are the largest mantis species in North America – found throughout southern New England and the northeast side of the United States – and their colour can vary from green to brown with a green lateral stripe on the edge of their front wings. Their diet mainly consists of other insects and some adult females can take down small vertebrate prey such as reptiles, amphibians and hummingbirds.

Like other mantids, they’re also known to be cannibalistic but that isn’t their scariest feature. When it comes to reproduction, the female can produce several spherical ootheca that contain up to 400 eggs! When you think about it, that’s a lot of Chinese mantids to occupy one specific habitat.

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