The juvenile form of this species mimics ants and wingless ichneumon wasps. The head and thorax are red with a black abdomen. The pronotum is square-shaped and is almost as long as it is wide. The abdomen is generally oval with white bands on the first 2 abdominal tergites. There are also white bands on the antennea which are waved in a manner similar to ichneumonids.
Native in Florida and Mexico
Ground litter in hammocks and thickets of dense scrub
Like all mantids, M. maya feeds on other insects that it catches.
Most likely one generation a year. As with most mantids eggs probably overwinter and hatch in the spring, adults reach maturity by late summer or early fall.
Archbold Biological Station
- Mark Deyrup's observations on Mantoida maya helped us identify it, and there is a pdf file with his findings
University of Florida's Entomology Dept.
- has a downloadable pdf key to Florida mantids
Tree of Life
- lists other Mantoida species and has an image of an adult
- lists mantid species found in the U.S. and includes a list by state