Where Do Praying Mantis Live? Praying Mantis Habitat & Distribution

Do you have any idea where do praying mantis live? Praying mantis are abundant throughout their range. They are found in the temperate and tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia, Africa, and South America. While they are adapted to thriving in just about every habitat, mantis are less likely prefer tundra climates and boreal habitats. This article is all about praying mantis habitat and its worldwide geographic distribution.

Where Do Praying Mantis Live in the World? – Praying Mantis Habitat Facts

The European mantis (Mantis religiosa) predominantly occurs not only in the southern Europe, it is also found in Asia, northeastern United States, Canada, Africa, to as far as Australia. Germany is home to two major population of European mantis. An isolated population likely inhabits Northern Europe.

Mantis generally thrive in just about every habitat but they fancy choosing tropical homes as against the temperate ones.

The mantis religiosa mantis was introduced in Connecticut in the late 19th century yet the species is thought to be the state insect of Connecticut. Chinese mantids and the European mantis are probably the only species that occurs in different continents. All other mantis have limited range.

Mantis generally thrive in just about every habitat but they fancy choosing tropical homes as against the temperate ones. There are very few species inhabiting temperate habitats. Praying mantis do not live in tundra and boreal regions.

The primary habitat of a mantis consists of grasslands, tropical rainforests, secondary forests, and primary forests. They will make homes in warmer habitats but mantis can also survive in deserts, meadows, and open fields.

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Leaf-mimicking Mantis {Choeradodis rhombicollis} in rainforest habitat. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALEXANDER HYDE

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References

Ehrmann, Reinhard. Mantodea: Gottesanbeterinnen der Welt. Münster, Germany: NTV, 2002

Prete, F. R., H. Wells, P. H. Wells, and L.E. Hurd, eds. The Praying Mantids. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.

Praying mantis is a wonderful-looking character with slender legs and intimidating bulging eyes. My mission is to update your current understanding of mantid biology related to their taxonomy, neurology, reproduction, growth cycle, and defense strategies.