All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Chinese Mantid</strong>
<em>Tenodera aridifolia</em> / Dictyoptera (Mantodea)
This green male Chinese Mantid (Praying Mantises are all brown) was resting on a wooden bridge at Big Ridge State Park. He has a much thinner abdomen than the egg-l...
Chinese Mantid
Tenodera aridifolia / Dictyoptera (Mantodea)
This green male Chinese Mantid (Praying Mantises are all brown) was resting on a wooden bridge at Big Ridge State Park. He has a much thinner abdomen than the egg-laying females. The female often eats her mate while they are mating! As gruesome as this sounds, the protein she consumes from his body insures a healthy next generation of praying mantises! If it is any consolation, most insects die after mating and egg laying anyway!

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