Chinese Praying Mantis has compound eyes on either side
of its large, triangle-shaped head. Their forewings are
leathery in texture and short, and the jaws of the Praying
Mantid are very powerful. Although over 2,000 species of
mantids are found nearly worldwide, many areas see only
a few species commonly.
For example, though there are at least 21 different species
known to live in the United States, though the Eastern United
States sees only three species of mantid regularly, one
of which is the Chinese Praying Mantis. The Chinese Praying
Mantis is not native to the United States. They were originally
introduced from China, where they originate, in the early
1900s to help gardeners with pest control.