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Chinese Mantis (Tenodera sinensis)


Chinese mantis (en.)

Type / Department: Arthropoda (Arthropods)

Subtype / Subdivision: Tracheata (Tracheal, or tracheal-breathing (paired)

Overclass: Hexapoda (Six-legged)

Grade: Insecta (Insects)

Order / Order: Mantoptera (Praying Mantis, Praying Mantis)

Gender: Tenodera

View: Tenodera aridifolia sinensis (Chinese Mantis)

It lives in China, among the woody-shrubby vegetation in which it has the ability to camouflage well.

Body length: 9-15 cm.

Color: green and brown.

Sexual dimorphism: mature males have eight abdominal sections, and females have six.

Nymphs and adolescents of the Chinese bowing mantis have no wings; only adults, adults, have them.

Predators, in nature feed on various species of insects, cannibalism is widespread.

In a terrarium, young Chinese mantis are fed Drosophila (they use mostly flightless form), aphids, crickets (the so-called dust-larvae of small ages).

Adults eat crickets, flies, locusts, larvae of flour flies, cockroaches.

Despite the fact that young praying mantises can do without food for a long time, they need to be fed regularly, until they stop growing. Live insects are the best diet for a Chinese bowing mantis. Many mantis get used to take food from human hands.

In the terrarium, Chinese praying mantises are bred in the summer. Before mating, the mantis is well fed so that when landing together in the same terrarium, the insects do not eat each other immediately after mating. After mating, the male is immediately removed, otherwise it will be eaten. The female lays 12 to 400 eggs. The incubation period is 3 to 6 months. Young mantis are planted in small individual containers and grown separately, otherwise cannibalism is possible.

Terrarium for a Chinese mantis it can be small, from 10 liters, the lid is better mesh, you can use branded mesh terrariums. You can put a layer of foliage on the bottom and vertically set branches on which the mantis can climb. You can also equip a terrarium with living plants, then you need a glass terrarium with a backlight and a layer of soil at the bottom, plants are planted in pots or directly in the ground, medium-sized varieties of aglaoneem, scindapsus, philodendrons are suitable, you can also use bromeliads. Plants maintain moisture well, the terrarium needs to be sprayed daily.

Temperature 23 -25 degrees.

Humidity 70 - 80 %.

Aggressive, perhaps only a single content.

Life span adults 5-6 months.

Short lifespan of adults (adult).


The Chinese mantis is a long, slender, brown-green praying mantis. It is generally longer than most other praying mantises, reaching just over 11 centimeters, and is the largest species of mantis in North America (spread throughout much of southern New England and the Northeastern United States). Its color can change from full, green to brown with a green side stripe on the borders of each side of the front wings in a brown colored form. In low light, the eyes of a mantis appear black, but in daylight, it seems clear, matching the color of the head. Chinese mantids and narrow-winged mantids of the same color morph are slightly different in color, and Chinese mantids are usually larger than Tenodera angustipenniswhich were introduced to the United States of America as well.

One way to say Tenodera sinensis and Tenodera angustipennis apart, looking at the spot in between their front legs. If it is yellow then it is a Chinese mantis, but if it is orange then it is a narrow-winged mantis. A woman can produce several spherical ootheca about the size of a table tennis ball, containing up to 400 eggs. oothecae are often attached to vegetation, such as shrubs and small trees.


Chinese mantids are an ordinary pet for praying mantis lovers, and oothecae can be purchased from plant kindergartens across the USA. They are known for quickly adapting to the presence of people. They can become tame enough to pile up on the arm and even be tame.

Chinese praying mantis should be kept in the terrarium about three times by its body size. Chinese mantis is an aggressive carnivore that will engage in and eat large insects. In captivity, the food of a Chinese mantis can consist primarily of cockroaches, moths, butterflies, grasshoppers, crickets and spiders. During youth (called the "age stage & # 187), Chinese mantids will eat Drosophila melanogaster and similar small flies in captivity. As they grow, mantids will take house flies, blue bottle flies, moths, small roaches and small crickets.

Mantids drink dew from the leaves, so gentle fogging every other day is required. In a terrarium, mantids require sticks and other foliage for climbing and molting. Mantids will thrive in temperatures ranging from 20 to 38 ° C.


There are two styles of martial arts created to imitate the movements of the Chinese mantis. Developed in the Shandong province of China in the mid 1600s, Begging Kung Fu Praying Mantis is based on the fast movements and methods of Chinese Praying Mantis. The unrelated kung fu style that was developed by hakka in southern China is known as the southern Praying Mantis.

Additional Images

File: Tenodera Sinensis in a Tree Woman jpg | Adult Tenoder sinensis perched in a tree.

File: Male Tenodera Sinensis in a Maryland Male jpg | Adult Tenodera sinensis perched on my hand.

File: Tenodera sinensis self-cleaning.jpg | Adult Chinese praying mantis, cleaning itself.

File: Juv Chinese Chinese Mantis Mantis jpg | Hatchling on a baby's hand

File: Tenodera aridifolia sinensis AdultFemaleFront.jpg | Adult sinensis from the front

File: Tenodera aridifolia sinensis AdultFemaleSide.jpg | Adult sinensis by

File: Tenodera sinensis 3 male Viatour.jpg | Adult Tenodera sinensis

Viatour.jpg | Luke's Sub-adult File: Tenodera sinensis 2 or close to the adult Tenodera sinensis

File: Tenodera sinensis 4 male Viatour.jpg | Adult Tenodera sinensis

File: Tenodera sinensis 1 woman Viatour.jpg | Adult Tenodera sinensis

File: Prayingmantismeal Female .jpg | Adult Tenoder sinensis eating a long-horned grasshopper

File: Adult female tenoder sinensis on hand. Female JPG | Adult Tenoder sinensis On the hand

File: Adult Tenoder female sinensis underside. JPG | Underside Adult Tenodera Woman sinensis a few weeks after molting to an adult

File: Sub-adult Tenoder woman sinensis 1. JPG | Sub-adult Tenoder woman sinensis at hand

File: Sub-adult Tenoder woman sinensis 2. JPG | Sub-adult Tenoder woman sinensis at hand

File: Brown adult Tenoder sinensis woman at hand. Female JPG | Adult Tenoder sinensis at hand

File: Sub-adult female tenoderus sinensis wing germ. JPG | Sub-adult Chinese female mantis slightly inflated wing buds

File: Green female pre-sub-adult Tenoder sinensis 324. Female JPG | Pre-sub-adult Chinese Mantis

File: Brown a Chinese adult mantis female at hand1243. JPG | Sub-adult Chinese female mantis at hand

File: Brown Chinese adult mantis female at hand. JPG | Sub-adult Chinese female mantis at hand

File: Brown, Chinese adult mantis, female. JPG | Sub-Adult Chinese Mantis at Hand