Mantises of Columbia County, Oregon

Mantises, often called “Praying Mantis” for the manner in which they hold their legs, are long-necked predatory insects with notable “pincher” front legs adapted to catching and holding food. They are most closely related to termites and cockroaches. Generally occurring in warmer climates, we have no native mantises, but do see species introduced for the purpose of pest control.

European Mantis Mantis religiosa columbia county northwest oregon
European Mantis – To 4″ long. Green, yellow, or brown, identified by a notable white-in-black “bullseye” marking on the upper inner pincher arm. Introduced from Europe. (photo © Matt Hunter)

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