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Species Thesprotia graminis - Grass-like Mantid

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Mantodea (Mantids)
Family Thespidae
Genus Thesprotia
Species graminis (Grass-like Mantid)
Other Common Names
Grass-like Mantis, Grass Mantid/Mantis, Walkingstick Mantis/Mantid
Explanation of Names
Thesprotia graminis (Scudder 1878)
graminis = "of grass"
♂♂ up to 55 mm; ♀♀ up to 70 mm [47-56 mm per(1)]
A long, slender mantis often confused with a walkingstick, especially when it moves with forelimbs outstretched. Males have long wings and are good fliers, females are wingless and resemble a pine needle(1); the hind portion of the pronotum is 3-4 times as long as the front portion(1)
Southern US and Mexico
Grass, flowers, and shrubs. Comes to lights.
Life Cycle
Eggs overwinter and hatch in early spring. Adults are mature by late summer and usually die by winter.
It is said that females of this species may reproduce by parthenogenesis.
Works Cited
1.How to Know the Grasshoppers, Cockroaches, and Their Allies
Jacques R. Helfer. 1962. Wm. C. Brown Company.