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Family Mantidae

European Mantis - Mantis religiosa - male Chinese Mantid nymph? - Tenodera Mantid ID Request - Stagmomantis carolina - female Praying Mantis - Mantis religiosa - male What kind of Mantis? - Stagmomantis carolina Mantis ootheca - Stagmomantis Which Preying Mantis species? - Tenodera Ootheca - Tenodera angustipennis
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Mantodea (Mantids)
Family Mantidae
Explanation of Names
From genus Mantis, which see.
Numbers
Largest family of Mantodea, with 5 of the 18 subfamiles represented in our area(1)
Range
worldwide
Habitat
Mostly tropical and subtropical
Food
Carnivorous
Internet References
University of Florida Entomology Dept. PDF key to Florida mantids by P.M. Choate