Monday, 15 January 2007

Japanese Giant Mantis (Tenodera aridifolia)

Adult Japanese Giant Mantis (subspecies T. a. aridifolia) at Meiji Shrine, Japan - November 2014

OTHER NAMES: Chinese Mantis
Local Name (Japan): Oo-kamakiri (オオカマキリ) - "Great Mantis"
Weight: 3g
Length: 68-105mm
Wingspan: 40mm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated

The Japanese Giant Mantis is a large Mantis species found in East Asia.  It is one of the commoner species of its family found in Japan, as well as one of the largest.  It is a fairly typical mantid species in most ways - this particular individual seemed to be sticking to a lantern, possibly to keep warm, on a relatively cool evening in November.

Related Species:  
Order: Mantodea
Family: Mantidae
Genus: Tenodera
Subspecies: T. a. aridifolia, T. a. brevicollis

 - Sighting Locations -
JAPAN - Fairly common and widespread resident.
 - TOKYO/HOKKAIDO 2014 TRIP: One seen in the Meiji Shrine area in Tokyo

Further Notes: RSPB, WikipediaBirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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