|Adult female Lisbon, Portugal|
Mantis religiosa, referred to as the European mantis outside of Europe and known simply as the praying mantis in Europe and elsewhere, is one of the most well-known and widespread species of the order Mantodea.
Originating in southern Europe, the European mantis was introduced to North America in 1899 on a shipment of nursery plants. Now they are found all over the north-eastern United States and Canada to the Pacific Northwest. The European mantis is usually 5–7.5 cm (2–3 inches) in length, and has shades of bright green to tan. It can be distinguished easily by a black-ringed spot beneath the fore coxae. It is one of several different insects for which a name used within Europe to refer to only a single insect species (in this case, "praying mantis") has become adopted throughout the globe to refer to the larger group of insects to which that one species belongs (e.g., compare "hornet" to European hornet, or "wasp" to common wasp).
Found in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America (introduced).
- Mantis religiosa beybienkoi found in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Mongolia and West Siberia
- Mantis religiosa caucasica found in Stavropol
- Mantis religiosa eichleri found in Ethiopia, Mauritania, Niokolo-Koba, Ghana, Cameroon, Kenya, Congo, Niger, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso, Zambia and Anatolia
- Mantis religiosa inornata found in India, Iran
- Mantis religiosa langoalata found in Uzbekistan
- Mantis religiosa latinota found in Kazakhstan
- Mantis religiosa macedonica found in Macedonia
- Mantis religiosa major
- Mantis religiosa polonica found in Poland, Russia
- Mantis religiosa religiosa found in United States (introduced), Europe.
- Mantis religiosa siedleckii found in Southeast Asia: Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Java, Sulawesi
- Mantis religiosa sinica found in China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and East Africa
Adult male Mantis religiosa in Saône-et-Loire (71, France) in September, 2008
Brown adult male Mantis religiosa 2008 October, Cerreto Ratti, Alessandria
Mantis religiosa nymph, France
Green adult female Mantis religiosa, France
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