PETER MATULAVICH / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PETER MATULAVICH / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Chinese mantis (Stagmomantis carolina) watching northern walkingstick (Diapheromera femorata), a potential prey item, climb plant. The mantis's large multi-faceted eyes enable it to detect motion better than most other insects, making it an outstanding hunter. This is the largest mantis species in North America and reaches a length of 10 cm. Indigenous to China, the mantis was first introduced to North America around 1895 as a source of pest control.
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