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Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:33:05 -0400
From: Josh <opihi...>
Subject: [MassLep] Re: Rhode Island extravaganza (part II) Westerly and S. Kingstown (9/24/17)


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Matthew and all - the northernmost native American mantis species is the Ca=
rolina Mantis (Stagmomantis carolina), which has only recently been detecte=
d as far north as New York state, and to date has not yet been found in New=
England, as far as I have heard. So even Connecticut would be a range exte=
nsion, and Rhode Island or MA even more of one. As long as leppers are alre=
ady spending lots of time down there at this time of year searching for sou=
thern stray butterflies, some documentation of this other southern stray in=
sect would be highly desirable.=20

Note that there are at least two exotic mantis species present in New Engla=
nd. The huge species is the Chinese Mantis (Tenodera sinensis). Other than =
size (which is only really useful in adult females), the most readily spott=
ed field mark for identification is the striped pattern from its forehead d=
own toward the mandibles. Here is a photo showing that:=20
http://bugguide.net/node/view/582992 <http://bugguide.net/node/view/582992>

The other exotic is the European Mantis (Mantis religiosa). Not only is it =
smaller than the Chinese, and lacks the forehead stripes, but it has striki=
ng black-and-white eyespots between its forelimbs. The spots are not always=
readily visible, as the mantids tend to keep their forelimbs together, but=
with some patience they can usually be noted, as in this photo:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1135510/bgimage <http://bugguide.net/node/vie=
w/1135510/bgimage>

More on the Carolina Mantis, including a section on identification, at this=
page:=20
http://bugguide.net/node/view/4821 <http://bugguide.net/node/view/4821>

So photos showing the whole critter in profile, and a close-up of the face,=
plus perhaps a peek between those front legs, should be sufficient to sort=
out the three mantid species.

Cheers,

Josh


Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
Amherst, MA
http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
https://www.facebook.com/opihi


> On Sep 24, 2017, at 7:07 PM, <mothman617...> [NEleps] <NEleps-norepl=
<y...> wrote:
>=20
>=20
> Rhode Island extravaganza (part II) Westerly and S. Kingstown (9/24/17)


> Lot's of Mantids in there too. Both the native American Mantis and the As=
iatic ones that were huge, especially the females.

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=3Dus-ascii"></head><body style=3D"word-wrap: break-word; -webkit-nbsp-mode=
: space; -webkit-line-break: after-white-space;" class=3D""><div class=3D""=
>Matthew and all - the northernmost native American mantis species is the C=
arolina Mantis (Stagmomantis carolina), which has only recently been detect=
ed as far north as New York state, and to date has not yet been found in Ne=
w England, as far as I have heard. So even Connecticut would be a range ext=
ension, and Rhode Island or MA even more of one. As long as leppers are alr=
eady spending lots of time down there at this time of year searching for so=
uthern stray butterflies, some documentation of this other southern stray i=
nsect would be highly desirable.&nbsp;</div><div class=3D""><br class=3D"">=
</div><div class=3D"">Note that there are at least two exotic mantis specie=
s present in New England. The huge species is the Chinese Mantis (Tenodera =
sinensis). Other than size (which is only really useful in adult females), =
the most readily spotted field mark for identification is the striped patte=
rn from its forehead down toward the mandibles. Here is a photo showing tha=
t:&nbsp;</div><div class=3D""><a href=3D"http://bugguide.net/node/view/5829=
92" class=3D"">http://bugguide.net/node/view/582992</a></div><div class=3D"=
"><br class=3D""></div><div class=3D"">The other exotic is the European Man=
tis (Mantis religiosa). Not only is it smaller than the Chinese, and lacks =
the forehead stripes, but it has striking black-and-white eyespots between =
its forelimbs. The spots are not always readily visible, as the mantids ten=
d to keep their forelimbs together, but with some patience they can usually=
be noted, as in this photo:</div><div class=3D""><a href=3D"http://bugguid=
e.net/node/view/1135510/bgimage" class=3D"">http://bugguide.net/node/view/1=
135510/bgimage</a></div><div class=3D""><br class=3D""></div><div class=3D"=
">More on the Carolina Mantis, including a section on identification, at th=
is page:&nbsp;</div><div class=3D""><a href=3D"http://bugguide.net/node/vie=
w/4821" class=3D"">http://bugguide.net/node/view/4821</a></div><div class=
=3D""><br class=3D""></div><div class=3D"">So photos showing the whole crit=
ter in profile, and a close-up of the face, plus perhaps a peek between tho=
se front legs, should be sufficient to sort out the three mantid species.</=
div><div class=3D""><br class=3D""></div><div class=3D"">Cheers,</div><div =
class=3D""><br class=3D""></div><div class=3D"">Josh</div><div class=3D""><=
br class=3D""></div><div class=3D""><br class=3D""></div><div class=3D"">
<div style=3D"word-wrap: break-word; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; -webkit-line=
-break: after-white-space;" class=3D""><div style=3D"text-align: start; tex=
t-indent: 0px;">Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.<br class=3D"">Amherst, MA<br class=3D=
""><a href=3D"http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399" class=3D"">http://bugguid=
e.net/user/view/2399</a></div><div style=3D"text-align: start; text-indent:=
0px;"><a href=3D"https://www.facebook.com/opihi" class=3D"">https://www.fa=
cebook.com/opihi</a><br class=3D""><br class=3D""></div></div>

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<br class=3D""><div><blockquote type=3D"cite" class=3D""><div class=3D"">On=
Sep 24, 2017, at 7:07 PM, <a href=3D"mailto:<mothman617...>" class=3D=
""><mothman617...></a> [NEleps] &lt;<a href=3D"mailto:NEleps-noreply@y=
ahoogroups.com" class=3D""><NEleps-noreply...></a>&gt; wrote:</d=
iv><br class=3D"Apple-interchange-newline"><div class=3D""><br style=3D"fon=
t-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps=
: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: start; t=
ext-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0=
px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;" class=3D""><span style=3D"font-size: 1=
2pt;" class=3D"">Rhode Island extravaganza (part II) Westerly and S. Kingst=
own (9/24/17)</span></div></blockquote><div><br class=3D""></div><br class=
=3D""><blockquote type=3D"cite" class=3D""><div style=3D"clear: both; paddi=
ng: 15px 0px 3px; overflow: hidden; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px=
; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; lette=
r-spacing: normal; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: non=
e; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;"=
class=3D""><span style=3D"font-size: 12pt;" class=3D"">Lot's of Mantids in=
there too. Both the native American Mantis and the Asiatic ones that were =
huge, especially the females.</span></div></blockquote></div></body></html>

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