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Mantis (Iris oratoria)

Order: Dictyoptera (dik-tee-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Mantidae
Genus: Iris
Species: oratoria


2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Claremont, California
Hayward, California
San Bernardino, California
Itasca, Illinois
Troy, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Hebron, Kentucky
Warren, Michigan
Maryville, Missouri
Saint Robert, Missouri
Buffalo, New York
North Collins, New York
High Point, North Carolina
Hilliard, Ohio
Harmony, Pennsylvania

By Peter_Clausen
Thumbnail #1 of Mantis (Iris oratoria) by Peter_Clausen

Member Notes:

Positive rundown On Sep 3, 2006, rundown from Maryville, MO wrote:

God knew what he was doing on this one!! What a fasinating insect. I got to hold one the other day. He seemed to be as interested in me as I was him! As long as no one made any sudden moves, he stayed still or swayed slightly. But the more movement we made the more he swayed, then off he flew. Thank you Lord.

Positive tropicsofohio On Apr 17, 2007, tropicsofohio from Hilliard, OH
(Zone 6b) wrote:

i love these things, if you ask me, i think they are the most interesting insect, and the smartest. i havent fallen in love with their claws yet though. not an every day sight in ohio.

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