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Mantis above Pachysandra

Posted on Sep 15, 2014

Here’s a Chinese Mantis hanging out while looking for a snack above a Pachysandra species a few hours ago on this cool September morning. The European Mantis is actually the official state insect of Connecticut despite the fact it is a non-native species. This is supposedly because, “mantis are beneficial insects for farmers and are therefore symbolic reminders of the importance of the natural environment to human and biological survival” according to the CT DEEP website. That is a confounding statement/explanation to me. Maybe we could try something else – the Monarch butterfly? A bee species? Most other states feature pollinators, or even dragonflies, and South Carolina, very appropriately, has the native Carolina Mantis (Stagmomantis carolina).

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