Chinese Mantid (Tenodera aridifolia)

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


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Deer, Arkansas
Reseda, California
San Jose, California
Palm Coast, Florida
Cornelia, Georgia
Cary, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Itasca, Illinois
Park Forest, Illinois
Michigan City, Indiana
Goshen, Kentucky
Detroit, Michigan
Croton On Hudson, New York
Greensboro, North Carolina
Kannapolis, North Carolina
Glouster, Ohio
Alexandria, Pennsylvania
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Liberty Hill, Texas
Keller, Virginia
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Members' Notes:


On Oct 7, 2010, sifterraluv from Eureka Springs, AR wrote:

In my science/biology class, we decided to collect one of these as a class pet. We discovered it was a female, and she made a foamy eggsack thing in the corner of the terrarium. We have a somewhat strong lamp directly adjacent to the terrarium-the foamy eggsack turned brown and hard, and i thought we cooked it. I told my teacher, and she assured me it was supposed to be that way, but i'm not exactly sure. The mantis made another one, so i think we destroyed the first one.


On Oct 13, 2008, daistuff from Cary, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Based on size I think the mantid I found this year in my garden must have been Chinese, it was at least five inches long. Supposedly only three species live in Illinois, and I have mixed feelings because it is an introduced species but is a beneficial insect. This is the first one I've ever seen here and supposedly the eggs (I assume they're somewhere) can survive through the winter. This one was on my pear tree and walked across the lawn, then quickly scaled my tulip poplar, up so high I could no longer see it. Being from southern California I was recently lamenting the absence of praying mantises, only to stumble upon this beast a short while later!


On Aug 26, 2008, califguy12001 from San Jose, CA wrote:

I have had a wonderful experience with these creatures of nature. I live in an apartment with large trees and I have an upstairs balcony as well as a downstairs patio. I have numerous plants on both that include Angel Trumpets, morning Glories, climbing roses, honeysuckle and even some Plumeria that I brought back from Maui about 5 years ago that I bought at the airport in one of those plastic bags that is only 1 stick per bag. This year it is finally going to give me blossoms on all three branches. Anyway, I just wanted to set the stage for what is next. At my local nursery, I have purchased egg cases of these wonderful creatures and happily watch them hatch later in the Spring and the little guys go scammering around finding shelter, always fun to see them all over the place. For th... read more


On Aug 17, 2008, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Does not look much like the other commonly seen mantids.. this one slim, with brown wings and extra long body. Egg sacks are globs, not the neat, orderlly things laid by most other mantids. Commonly sold at nurseries and on line.


On Sep 19, 2006, Sarahskeeper from Brockton, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I've been blessed to have 6 of these in my gardens this season. I've observed them capture food and mature. I've even found discarded skins. They molt 6 or 7 times as they grow.
With a little luck I'll see them mating and find an egg sack or two, that would complete the cycle and please me to no end.
They are cannibals so when I found one in a dangerous location, I would place it safely distant from others. I noticed that the young ones prefer day lily beds. Older ones like late blooming plants like sedum, marigolds and dahlias. They just sit and wait for their next meal. Grasshoppers, bees, dragonflies almost anything except for stink bugs and large wasps.
Andy P