Insect News

While putting away the Praying mantids pulled from the student collections of the systematics class taught this fall I also decided to sort and determine any North Carolina mantids in the Museum. While looking in the undetermined material I ran across our first North Carolina specimen of the Grass-like mantid, Thesprotia graminis (Scudder). This specimen was collected in Raleigh, May 17th 1972. All of the other specimens of this species in the Museum were collected from Florida and Georgia. You never know what treasures can be found in the undetermined material in collections.

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