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Happenings in the insect world
by Art Shapiro
on September 22, 2017 at 8:45 AM
When I came here in 1971, the Chinese Mantis, Paratenodera sinensis, was common and I found adults and egg cases routinely (I grew up with this species on the East Coast; we're old buddies). I have not seen either an adult or an egg case for at least ten years! Anybody out there know if it is still here?
by Kathy Keatley Garvey
on September 22, 2017 at 1:07 PM
Andrew Pfeifer of Monroe County, North Carolina and administrator of the Facebook page, Mantis Keepers, says: "Tenodera sinensis is still quite common, but finding them is completely depending on the area. If the conditions are unsuitable, they leave the area until they find one they desire. However, people have also been destroying them and their oothecae due to lack of education on their status. They believe them to be invasive and outcompeting the natives, but that simply isn't true.  
They aren't as common on the west coast. They can be found, but not nearly as often as the natives and Mantis religiosa.
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