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Species Mantoida maya - Little Yucatan Mantid

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Mantodea (Mantids)
Family Mantoididae
Genus Mantoida
Species maya (Little Yucatan Mantid)
Explanation of Names
Mantoida maya Saussure & Zehntner 1894
Size
15-17 mm(1)
Identification
The juvenile form of this species mimics ants and wingless ichneumon wasps (head & thorax red, abdomen black). Pronotum square-shaped, about as long as 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.
Range
FL; Mexico
Habitat
open pinelands, scrub(2); ground litter in hammocks and thickets of dense scrub(1)
Season
adults Jun-Sep(2)
Works Cited
1.How to Know the Grasshoppers, Cockroaches, and Their Allies
Jacques R. Helfer. 1962. Wm. C. Brown Company.
2.Florida preying mantids
Choate P.M. 2003.