EarthSky Facebook friend Jacob Baker in Massachusetts posted these two photos of Chinese mantis yesterday. This mantis – native to China and other parts of Asia – was accidentally introduced to the United States by a nurseryman at Mt. Airy near Philadelphia in 1896. They’ve spread since then in grasslands, meadows and agricultural areas in the U.S. Gardeners appreciate mantises because they help control insects. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Chinese mantis was imported to North America for this reason, and farmers and gardeners still purchase their egg cases.
Thank you, Jacob!
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.